Friday, June 08, 2007

Summative Evaluations of Infrastructure Proposals

If you would like a copy of the summative evaluation of your infrastructure proposal, send me an e-mail. The proposals have been scored and although we do not as yet have license to let you know who the projected awardees are, you are welcome to review your evaluation.

Thursday, June 07, 2007

June 7, 2007-SETDA reports

Today, the House Appropriations Subcommittee marked-up the Appropriations bill and recommended level funding for EETT at $272 million for FY08. Although we would have liked to see more in this mark-up, this is the first time in several years that this Subcommittee did not give EETT a zero. Additionally, several programs were cut during the mark-up, so the fact that EETT was funded is a positive step as we look at reauthorization and a improved program with strong Committee support.

Special thanks to those of you who took the time this morning to send an e-mail to CT's member on the Appropriations Committee, Rosa DeLauro.

Stop what you are doing and send an e-mail immediately

SETDA has just alerted us that the Appropriations Subcommittee for Labor HHS & Education is scheduled to mark-up the Labor HHS and Education appropriations bill today (June 7th) at 2:00 pm ET. If you can drop a quick email to Letty Mederos in Rosa DeLauro’s office, it would be fresh in her mind today during the mark-up. Rosa is a key member on the Appropriations Committee, your time today could benefit students and teachers in all states!

Dear Representative DeLauro,

I am writing to share with you the significant impact Title II, Part D – the Enhancing Education through Technology (EETT) – program is having on teachers and students in Connecticut. Teachers have received significant professional development to help them change how they teach math, reading, and science through this program, and utilizing technology is helping Connecticut ensure that our students are competitive in the 21st Century global economy.

optional...add some information about the impact of EETT on your district

Please let me know if you have any other questions or would like to visit a school to see EETT in action.

Thanks so much for your support,

Send your e-mail to Letty Mederos

Remember that every e-mail, phone call, fax, etc are counted. Have your colleagues send an e-mail!

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Status of Infrastructure Grants

The grants have been scored and the summative evaluation sheets have been completed. Recommendations for funding made on the basis of the scores have been submitted to SDE management. Hopefully, within the next two weeks, paperwork to move the process forward will be submitted to the Office of Policy and Management (OPM). OPM makes recommendations to the Governor's office for items to be placed onto the Bond Commission's agenda. The Governor's office decides what will be placed on the agenda. Please remember that the Governor has said that she would like to keep the amount of state debt down; as taxpayers we understand that and want the state to maintain a high bond rating. Everything can't be put out to bond at once...hence the wait time. As you might remember, it took about a year for the last infrastructure money to be placed onto the Bond Commission's agenda.

So, in answer to the question that many of you are asking, I don't know when we will be able to notify you about the awards. I am hopeful, that before you complete your form 470 in the fall, that we will be able to send out projected award letters.