If you read Bill Cibes' op-ed piece in last weekend's Courant you know that the latest state budget proposes eliminating funding for programs such as the Connecticut Education Network and iCONN. As you are probably aware, however, the budget is not yet final. Members of the CT Commission for Educational Technology, the body that oversees and sets policy regarding CEN and the Digital Library, have communicated to the CT Office of Policy and Management (OPM) the programs’ reliance on general fund allocation in order to operate and provide vital services to the state’s school districts, colleges and universities, and libraries. At this point, OPM has agreed to put the CEN line item on the list for review.
As the budget discussions continue and as decisions are finalized, we will keep you informed, both on this blog and through direct communication from CEN staff to tech directors.