For readers outside the U.S., I apologize for this Amero-centric post. I wonder, though, if it is a uniquely American state of affairs, where educators have to be urged, at all levels, to beg for funding. I know that it isn’t. But, never the less, it is very sad.
ETAN (EdTech Action Network) has posted an online tool that will enable you to easily send a letter of support to congress, urging them to return the funding of EETT back to it’s FY2005 levels. Once again, Bush is attempting to zero out the entire program. Here’s part of ETAN’s message, which can be read here in its entirety.
The President’s proposed FY09Budget again calls for the total elimination of critical education technology funding. Specifically, the President’s Budget would zero out the Enhancing Education Through Technology (EETT) program, cutting education technology funding by $267.4 million. Before the House and Senate put forth their budget proposals, we urge you to send a letter to your congressional representatives asking them to save EETT.
You can go to the site and enter your zip code to send your message directly to your representatives, or use the form tool I’ve posted on my sidebar to the right.
We need to make it heard that we want for our children the education that they deserve.
Here is another part of the ETAN page, with suggestions that it be sent to friends:
Did you know that the Bush Administration is intent on eliminating education technology funding? I find it so surprising that elected officials would want to do such a thing when we’re at a critical place as a Nation in terms of how we match up with others in a global economy. I personally don’t want to see our country fall behind when it comes to technology and innovation in the classroom – America needs to stay competitive! That’s why I went to www.EdTechActionNetwork.org to send a letter to my Members of Congress. It was really easy – just one click and I made my voice heard! I encourage you to do the same and join me to spread the word!