Hi all -
The purpose of this message is to inform you of some developments at the federal level that may have a significant impact on the Title IID program in the future.
As you may have already heard, funding for the Title IID - Enhancing Education Through Technology program for the next round (federal Fiscal Year 2005) has been cut by nearly 30%. This cut will affect both the Formula side (Consolidated Federal Programs application) and the Competitive side. This is funding that we anticipate for the 2005-2006 School Year.
Unfortunately, the federal Fiscal Year 2006 budget proposed by the Administration completely eliminates the Title IID program. This budget would be for the 2006-2007 School Year. Since Vermont schools do not receive a state-level allocation designed to specifically support educational technology, the impact of elimination of the Title IID program would be drastic.
Please note that the FY06 proposal is STILL a proposal. Nothing is finalized yet. Extensive negotiations are expected but certainly the outcome is unknown. Since many educaiton progreams are reduced or eliminated in the proposed budget, it is very unclear what the final outcome will be. Nonetheless I thought you whould be aware of this issue since it hasn't been widely publicized.
Educational Technology Coordinator
Vermont Department of Education
Please call or e-mail if you have any questions.
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