[NHDOE-ETNews] FW: EETT Slated for Elimination in FY11 Budget Deal

Higgins, Cathy CHiggins at ed.state.nh.us
Tue Apr 12 10:09:31 EDT 2011

Here is the recent news from Washington on the next round of Title II-D ed tech program.



Dr. Cathy Higgins
State Director of Educational Technology
Office of Educational Technology
NH Department of Education
101 Pleasant St, Concord, NH 03301
Voice: 603-271-2453 
OET Website: www.nheon.org/oet

-----Original Message-----
From: SETDA on behalf of SETDA
Sent: Tue 4/12/11 10:00 AM
To: Higgins, Cathy
Subject: EETT Slated for Elimination in FY11 Budget Deal
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Dear SETDA Members,

Very early this morning, Congress began to release details of the final FY11
budget deal. The final deal reflects an overall cut in Labor, HHS, Education
and related agencies of $13 billion below the President's FY11 request and
3.36% from FY10 actual levels.

The deal terminates funding for more than 55 programs, including EETT, and
includes an across-the-board cut of .2% to all remaining programs. Despite
strong Senate support, it appears that the Administration's zeroing of the
program  in  their  FY11  and FY12 requests (i.e., elimination through
consolidation) was simply too much to overcome for a Congress looking to
make big spending cuts.

The deal will be voted on later this week by both chambers, and - given what
it took to craft this deal - the odds of negotiating further changes are
likely slim.

While  discussions  with  thought  leaders on Capitol Hill, within the
Administration, and in the education policy community more broadly convince
us that educational technology must be integral to any serious efforts to
address our collective education challenges, we do not want to diminish the
challenges that EETT elimination will bring for many of us.

Over the next two days, SETDA is co-hosting an EdTech Policy Summit on
Capitol  Hill with ISTE, CoSN, and SIIA to highlight the importance of
educational technology in ESEA Reauthorization, and on Friday we will be
playing a leadership role in a US Department of Education meeting focused on
meeting  the infrastructure needs of states shifting to computer-based
assessment. Next week, we also are co-hosting a Capitol Hill briefing on
technology and rural schools. All good things underway, and we look forward
to sharing more information as we have it.

In closing, please know that SETDA exists to serve you and the educational
technology leadership needs of the states. Do not hesitate to be in touch
with any of us on staff with any questions, please take advantage of the
'Ask a Colleague' mechanism on the SETDA website, and also feel free to
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We remain proud to serve and represent the SETDA membership today, tomorrow
and in the future - wherever it may take us together.

Doug, Sara, Geoff, Christine, and Tera

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