President Obama’s Budget Includes $200 M for EETT Program

Title II D, of No Child Left Behind (2001), sought to bring technology rich projects and professional development to schools and districts that needed it.

On February 2, the Obama Administration’s 2016 education budget request included $200M for a revised version of the Enhancing Education Through Technology (EETT) grant program. As many of you know, the EETT program launched in 2001 with $675M, funding was reduced in increments over multiple years and was last funded in 2010 for $100M. Although this is a positive step for states and educational technology, the federal budget process is complicated and includes House and Senate appropriations bills that may or may not include this program, budget negotiations and then a final budget. The State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) is working on the national level to keep State Ed Tech Directors informed regarding this process and will provide opportunities for states to share successful educational technology programs.

The U.S. Department of Education (ED), Office of Educational Technology’s ( includes details regarding potential program revisions. Suggested new appropriations language includes:

  • requiring SEAs to award 100 percent of subgrant funds competitively
  • targeting subgrant awards to applicants with existing technology capacity, including connectivity and devices
  • promoting evidence-based practices
  • limiting local spending on hardware
  • ensuring that all states are able to reserve sufficient funds to support meaningful state-level activities

Additional details regarding the program request and an overview of proposed changes to the EETT program are available here  For more information on the full education budget request, review ED’s budget press release and ED’s Budget Fact Sheet.


Enhancing Education Through Technology State Program

ED Press Release

Budget Fact Sheet

US Office of Educational Technology


This entry was posted in Announcements and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Please tell us what you think?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s