Cash-strapped districts consider sharing CIO with neighboring district

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Districts that don’t have a full time chief technology officer may have a harder time keeping up with E-rate modernization and the shift to online testing, technology experts say.

Hundreds of educators are pressing for increased funding for E-rate, the government program that connects schools and libraries to the internet—especially important, given Common Core requirements for online assessment.

But without technology experts on hand, many schools will lack the capacity to properly implement sustainable and cost-effective plans for increased internet access, says Doug Levin, executive director of the State Educational Technology Director’s Association.