To learn how schools are modernizing their classrooms and infrastructure while addressing funding challenges, check out the stories listed below from the Spring 2023 issue of the magazine. For a preview of what's inside this issue, watch this short video with EdTech: Focus on K–12's managing editor, Taashi Rowe.
Without Supplemental Pandemic Funding, Digital Divide Risks Increase
If the COVID-19 pandemic taught us anything, it's that many of our schools were woefully behind when it came to providing students with a 21st century education. Lockdowns revealed that districts were stuck in a 19th century framework, resulting in deep digital divides and leaving some students struggling to complete school assignments outside of the classroom.
Bringing today’s K–12 learning environments up to speed requires adequate, long-term funding. The Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund proved to be a first step (and a game changer) for many schools. Over the past three years, $190 billion in federal funding allowed schools to make desperately needed upgrades. Although districts have until September 2024 to spend the last round of emergency aid, they have already seen big impacts, which means state and federal support beyond the pandemic remain critical.
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Read Key Pieces from This Issue:
- Strong Lifecycle Management Plans Can Support Successful One-to-One Programs in K–12
- As Cybersecurity Costs Rise, How Can K–12 Schools Ratchet Up Protection on a Budget?
- How School Districts Are Using Upgraded Audiovisual Tools to Improve Learning
- K–12 Schools Use Mixed and Virtual Reality to Immerse Students in Future Careers
- What Do Today’s K–12 Schools Look Like After Help from ESSER?