Happy new year and I hope this post finds you all well rested from the holiday season. As we return to our work, it is important to remember that it’s budget time both locally and statewide. Like many of our districts, the state of VA is also dealing with a budget shortfall. Once again state technology funding is in jeopardy. I wanted to make you aware of a few resources that were provided by VSTE. I hope you will take a moment and use the below resources. It is critical that we make sure our voices are heard in support of instructional technology.
2010-2012 Biennial Budget (as Introduced by Governor Kaine) eliminates technology money for the next two years.
(SUPTS MEMO #338-09)
Join VSTE’s Advocacy Ning at http://vsteonline.ning.com/group/vsteadvocacyteam – Which is headed up by STAR Educator Heather Blanton
VSTE held an Advocating for Technology in Education on Tuesday at the Hotel Roanoke. For those who were unable to attend the discussion the presentation can be found here http://www.slideshare.net/hblanton/advocating-for-technology-in-education.
Here is the link for the VA ETAN page so you can write to your elected officials. http://capwiz.com/edtech/state/main/?state=VA&view=myofficials Just enter your address and it gives you email and snail mail addresses.
Send your Virginia state representatives a message opposing any budget that eliminates the VPSA Technology Grant Program and to share with them how technology prepares your students for the future. Together we can shape the future! http://capwiz.com/edtech/utr/1/LRNPLWERTY/CZGPLWGDEV/4520866381
In addition please visit VSTE at http://www.vste.org and choose Advocacy.