Thursday, June 01, 2006

Important message from ISTE

Please send a letter, fax or make a phone call to your Congressional Representative and ask that he/she support funding the Enhancing Education Through Technology (EETT) program at $496 million for FY 07. This amount will restore the program to its FY 05 funding level.

ISTE has made it easy for you to send your letter or fax—it only takes a couple minutes! Go to the Ed Tech Action Network ( where you can identify your congressional representative by your zip code and find a draft letter to personalize and send!

The House subcommittee that allocates funds for all programs at the U.S. Department of Education plans to make its funding recommendations known on June 6. It is crucial that members of congress hear from their constituents NOW about how important EETT is to their districts, schools, students and communities. Your voice must be heard to influence the final funding outcome!

ISTE has been leading the education community’s efforts by holding meetings with key congressional staff from both parties and developing a strong D.C. coalition in support of EETT. In all, 29 education and industry organizations and companies signed onto a letter of support for EETT that was sent to Congress (MCC House Ed Tech Support Letter). This letter demonstrates the diversity and depth of support for the program.

However, these D.C.-based efforts are not enough. Members of Congress want to hear directly from their constituents. They'll only believe EETT is a pressing funding issue if they hear so from you!

Last year we were able to stave off the elimination of the EETT program by a concerted partnership between ISTE’s DC advocacy efforts and the ISTE membership. We need to engage in this battle once again, as the President’s budget proposes to eliminate EETT program funding for FY 07.