Funding technology curriculum in schools
School districts are increasingly teaching technology as part of their regular curriculum, but the high cost of computers and tablets can hinder that effort. Last year, the federal government pitched in to help some schools out. Hundreds of school districts participated in the Race to the Top program, which is awarding major technology education funding to three school districts in California. One is in the Bay Area, Haven Unified, which serves Union City, in Alameda County.
KALW’s Hana Baba spoke with Superintendent Kari McVeigh at her office in Union City to discuss the $29 million the school district will receive over the next four years, and whether the spending limitations are reasonable. Despite suffering immense budget cuts and two failed parcel tax measures, Haven Unified can’t use any of the funding to remedy the effects of past cuts.
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