FOLLOW THE MONEY
Public school districts across the country
received $521.1 billion in funding from federal, state, and local
sources in 2006, according to the Fed's most recent census
figures. On average, schools divvied that to about $9,138 per
student. Tuitions for private institutions can easily double that
amount. And somehow, it still never seems to be enough.
To make matters worse, local school boards, wary of reduced tax
rolls, keep slashing budgets. Thanks to the economy, parents are
more likely to be holding back on spending too, especially for
what some people still believe to be extravagances.
This special issue is devoted to tracking down more monies to fill
the funding gap for more technology in schools. Marty Weil's feature
(In the Money) looks at the number of private
organizations that offer prizes for institutions. The special
calendar insert spells out where and when you need to get those
applications in. Our own grant guru Gary Carnow details the
essential steps to securing them.
More important than the money, however, is what teachers,
administrators, and students do with the technology once they
receive it. Contributor Matt Bolch (How They Got So Rich) collects the best practices and lessons learned from previous
grant winners. Plus, our Leader of the Year profile of Ellen
Phillips from PS 233 in Brooklyn, NY, is a great inspiration for
any educator looking to update and upgrade his or her
students' learning experience. Be sure to go online to
techlearning.com for even more information about finding, getting,
and succeeding with grants.