Thursday, May 21, 2009

ETAN Letter, If You Please?

Despite Federal funding being raised to all-time highs in the current flurry of economic stimulus, the 650 million dollar level its at is still just a wee fraction when we're talking about trillions of dollars budgeted for education. This thwarts congressional will, as indicated in the letter below:We can make a difference. Please visit the EdTech Action Network and take a few minutes to customize the beginning of the lobby-created letter the Network will deliver to our congresspeople. It's important...

Here's the letter you'll be sending. A personalized introduction at its top might catch the eye of at least staff members! I'm including mine in bold as an example...

Sure, the following is a lobby-created template, but it explains issues in much more cogent terms than I can muster. I hope you will take a minute to read it. As a 13 year elementary education technology teacher at a Nashville independent school who is sending his 8th grader son to an MNPS school next year for the first time, I am writing to share my opinion about the funding for the Enhancing Education Through Technology (EETT) program that was included in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.  Both the House and Senate passed bills included $1 billion for the EETT program, and yet the final bill reduced this commitment by 35 percent to $650 million.  I am very disappointed that this program suffered such a funding decrease during conference deliberations.

As an educator, I certainly appreciate and applaud the unprecedented investment in education that is included in the economic recovery package. The EETT program provides economic stimulus to our local communities through the creation and retention of high skilled jobs, stimulates the business sector and at the same time provides our students with the skills they need to compete in the global workforce.  
President Obama has spoken many times about the need to bring computers and modern technologies and skills to our nation’s classrooms.  I hope that as the FY10 appropriations processes continue you will make the EETT program a top funding priority.

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