Funding for Educational Technology
Funding to support Education Technology programs comes in different forms - grants, regular annual state aid for districts, through bond referenda, and through federal reimbursement of eligible educational technology-related expenditures.
- New York State Learning Technology Grants (LTG) - The state-funded LTG program awards $3.2 million to sixty-four
projects, annually. The purpose of the Learning Technology Grant
(LTG) program is to improve student academic performance in relation
to the New York State learning standards with a particular focus
on mathematics and English Language Arts (ELA) , and science
through the integration of educational technology in Pre-K-12
- New York State Aid administered by the New York State Education
Department includes regular annual appropriations in the New York State budget to support schools and districts.
- New York State Smart Schools Bond Act (SSBA) - In November, 2014, the voters approved a ballot referendum authorizing the State to issue general obligation bonds in the amount of $2 Billion which can be used by school districts to purchase educational technology, secure improved internet connectivity, purchase high-tech security devices or build Pre-K classrooms.
- Federal E-Rate Program - (Formally, the Schools and Libraries Program of the Universal Service Fund) is designed to provide
discounts to assist most schools and libraries in the United States to
obtain affordable telecommunications and Internet access.
Resources - Smart Purchasing & Leveraging Funding
NYSED Field Memo on Technology Purchases (91 KB) - This 2013 memorandum provides Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES), school districts, charter and other public schools, and non-public schools with guidance on the purchase of technology devices, infrastructure, and broadband connectivity that support personalized learning, the implementation of the Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS), and computer-based testing (CBT).
Building Educational Technology Infrastructure - This page discusses leveraging State Building Aid and other federal resources.
Funding Matrix (70.58 KB) - Can help districts leverage existing state and federal resources by graphically depicting how different funding streams can be used to support complementary school purchases.Ed Tech