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“Where did all the money go?”
It’s a question I share with hordes of laid-off
teachers who heard about the billions and
billions of dollars—think Carl Sagan—that were
promised for infusing U.S. schools. Stare at your
district’s budget too long and you may have the
But this year’s Money Issue is about not what you got (or didn’t),
but what you can do with what you already have. We try to
push behind the numbers, and see the real results of actual
investment. Stalwart contributor Pam Derringer digs into some
district cash-saving initiatives: Think power management, virtualization
of servers and desktops, and even cloud computing (“Going Green,”). Going green, it turns out, is as much
about saving dollars as it is about saving the earth. Likewise,
writer Ellen Ullman surveys schools that have automated their
asset management and have found substantial savings as a
Of course, we couldn’t go an entire Money Issue without at
least some pages devoted to how to get it. Our grant guru,
Gary Carnow, has some brilliant insight into the niceties of
grant writing (“Go or No-Go, You've Got Work to Do,”).
And our annual grant calendar, sponsored by Dell, provides a
long list of opportunities to find the money you need to finance
your next great classroom innovation.
Speaking of which, we’ve been getting a bit of heat from
readers online about our 100@30 list, which is an attempt to
identify the most influential people in edtech. “Where are the
practitioners?” many have asked. My answer: Nominate them!
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