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Investing in School Technology:
Strategies to Meet the Funding Challenge

November 1997

Table Of Contents

Title Page

Chapter 1: Educational Technology and the Investment Paradigm

The Cost of Educational Technology and the Funding Challenge
Costing the Technology Plan and the Investment Paradigm: An Overview

Chapter 2 Designing and Costing the Technology Plan

Technology Models for Accessing the Information Superhighway
Transitioning through the Models
System Constraints
Costing the Technology: Current Methods
Economics of Accessing the Information Superhighway
Appraising the Technology Plan
The Cost Analysis Framework
Preparing for the Funding Plan

Chapter 3 Funding Strategies for the Technology Plan

Federal Contribution
State Contribution
Raising Funds
Dispersing Funds
Addressing Equity
Reducing the Cost of Technology
District Contribution
Funding the Initial Capital Outlay
Issuing Bonds
Scheduling Replacement
System Contracting
Finding Grants
Funding Ongoing Operating Costs
Capitalizing the Cost of Educational Technology
Setting Budget Priorities and Increasing Flexibility
Increasing School Autonomy in Personnel Decisions
Finding Additional Funds
Bridging the Funding Gap
Funding Mechanisms at Work
Building the Infrastructure with Public Utility Revenues
Achieving Technology Equity through State Funding
Raising Revenues through a State Lottery
Raising Additional Tax Revenue
Using Bonds for Self-funding by Wealthy School District
Developing a Reliable Revenue Stream to Fund the Technology Plan
Using District Education Foundations
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