OBAMA'S FUNDING FOR EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY
Social studies teacher Steve Maher discusses the ways in which technology has helped him teach.
On February 17, 2009, President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Out of more than $100 billion dedicated to education, the recovery act included $650 million for the Enhancing Education Through Technology program (also known as EETT or Ed-Tech), which is the primary federal program supporting technology in education. Compensating for this increase in funding, however, the Obama Administration reduced allocations for EETT in the FY2010 budget by 63 percent, from $269.9 million to $100 million. The move disappointed many advocates for technology in education.
The EETT program originated in 2001 as part of the No Child Left Behind Act and disburses funding to state educational agencies through competitive and formula-based grants. The program was originally appropriated $700.5 million in 2002, but has decreased since then, falling to $269.9 million in 2009. The Bush administration recommended elminating funding for EETT in several budget proposals, including 2008 and 2009, but Congress eventually preserved the program.