Budget Deal a ‘Missed Opportunity’ for Education Technology

Official CoSN Statement
Washington, DC
Thursday, May 4, 2017
CoSN CEO Keith Krueger today issued the following statement on the fiscal year 2017 spending bill passed by Congress:  
 
“The bipartisan budget agreement was an important step to keep the government funded and fully operational.  
 
“However, the compromise marked a missed opportunity to ensure robust investment in modernizing America’s learning environments. Specifically, the Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants (SSAEG) of the Every Student Succeeds Act was appropriated just one-quarter of the funds Congress initially authorized to the program.
 
“As the Administration and Congress turn their focus to the FY 2018 spending package, appropriators should provide the full $1.6 billion for the SSAEG program. It is a critical vehicle to providing our districts with the funding needed to upgrade today’s learning settings.”