Local school district officials have many ideas for spending their share of the $71.6 million in federal ed-tech stimulus funds that will be distributed by the state in the coming months, reports the Sacramento Bee. The money will come from the federal Enhancing Education Through Technology Program, the recipient of $650 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds. The Folsom Cordova Unified School District would like to update its computer labs and add online learning options. Natomas Unified would purchase equipment and train its teachers to use technology. Elk Grove Unified would buy computers, video projectors, digital video camcorders, and equipment for producing podcasts. The Placer Union High School District would focus on online learning, staff development, and updating its aging computer system. State officials said the funds will be distributed in two parts after 5 percent is taken out for state administrative costs. The first half will be divided among school districts according to their Title 1A funding. The second portion will be awarded through competitive grants. Applications are expected to be posted by the end of the month, and districts could see grant checks in November.
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