Delaware lawmakers crafting the state’s budget approved nearly $5 million Wednesday for education technology, answering calls from public school superintendents who argued last fall that schools are not keeping pace with testing demands and too few workers are available to service tech systems.
The money includes $2.25 million for flexible technology block grants, which will be funded through noncompetitive grant applications, and $2.6 million for four-year leases on computers used for state testing. The grants could fund anything from the purchase of new hardware and software to personnel costs for new technology support workers.
The provisions adopted by the Joint Finance Committee Wednesday will become part of Gov. Jack Markell’s $3.7 billion spending plan for the next fiscal year, which begins in July.