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Preparing Tomorrow's Teachers to Use Technology
(Title X, Part E, Amendments to Title II of the Higher Education Act of 1965)
Amends Title II of the Higher Education Act of 1965 to authorize grants, contracts, and competitive agreements to consortia for carrying out programs that prepare prospective teachers to use technology to improve student learning, and programs that improve the ability of institutions of higher education to carry out such programs.
Changes from Current Law
Consortia requirements - Funds are awarded only to consortia that include at least one institution of higher education, one State or local educational agency, and one other entity. Current law has no requirements for consortia, but current regulations require a minimum of two entities, including at least one non-profit.
Application requirements - Requires applicants to describe the project, demonstrate and describe the commitment and involvement of each participating entity, describe how the project will be continued after Federal funding, and provide a plan for the evaluation of the project. Current law and regulations have no requirements.
Use of fundsM - Requires consortia to use funds to create programs that prepare teachers to use technology to prepare students to meet academic achievement standards. Not more than 10 percent of funds may be used to purchase equipment. Current law has no requirements for use of funds or restrictions on equipment purchases.
Matching requirement - Requires consortia to provide 50 percent of the cost of the project, in cash or in kind, except that equipment purchases must be matched in cash. Current regulations require a dollar-for-dollar match.
Requires consortia to evaluate the effectiveness of their projects.
Distribution of Funds