Funding Educational Technology: Patterns, Plans, and Models
by Kathleen C. Westbrook & Stephen T. Kerr - 1996
In this chapter, the growth of educational technology over the past fifteen years is briefly surveyed, outlining both the rapid expansion of the numbers of computers and other types of equipment available in schools and classrooms and the changing expectations of educators and community leaders for what is desirable and acceptable as a minimal configuration of technology goods and services. The costs of these items, especially as a proportion of the overall school budget, are also indicated. Next, the sources of financing themselves are reviewed, with special emphasis on comparisons among state plans, approaches, formulas, and estimates of need. The third section reviews in detail a proposed state plan that addresses some of the equity and access concerns and is based on an approach some states favor—using tax incentives to encourage business and industry to give used technology hardware to schools. Finally, the issue of the recapitalization of schools as workplaces is raised and explored as both a funding problem and a social and political issue.
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