The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) expressed mixed reactions to the education-funding bill that the U.S. Senate Appropriations Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Subcommittee approved today. ISTE’s members benefit from these funds and students will be directly impacted by Congress’ funding decisions.
The subcommittee approved an increase of $50 million for the Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) grant program under Title IV, Part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which supports the effective use of technology to transform learning and professional development for teachers. The program is authorized at $1.6 billion and is currently only funded at $400 million.
In addition, funding for teacher training, also known as Title II, Part A, was approved at the same funding level as last year, $2.05 billion.