Federal grants should go to schools with a real plan

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Over the past decade, the United States has spent upwards of $100 billion on K12 classroom technology to no discernible effect. The reason is clear: most education technology in use in K12 classrooms is not integrated into core instruction, and thus offers limited educational value.

This is largely the story with Congressman George Miller’s (D-Calif.) “Transforming Education Through Technology Act of 2013” (TETTA), which aims to improve the use of technology in K12 schools. The attractively named proposal seeks to make “learning more student-centered [and] ... lower costs and increase efficiency and productivity” for K12 students. Through a series of competitive grants to states, school districts and schools themselves, the legislation hopes to spur innovation and improve the collection of data.

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