The following note was shared recently referencing a source at the Texas Education Agency (TEA):
There has been some confusion regarding the technology allotment. The 81st Texas Legislature did fund the technology allotment. According to the To The Administrator Addressed letter dated August 10, 2009, the technology allotment is based on rate of $29.43 multiplied by your district’s 2009–10 estimated refined ADA, and accounted for in the special revenue fund 11. (See http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/taa/statefund080709.html).
In past years, the allotment has been paid as early as November and as late as January. For the 2009-2010 school year, the allotment is scheduled to be paid in May.
There has also been some confusion regarding the use of technology allotment funds. According to the Texas Education Code, the technology allotment may be used only to:
(1) provide for the purchase by school districts of electronic textbooks or technological equipment that contributes to student learning; and
(2) pay for training educational personnel directly involved in student learning in the appropriate use of electronic textbooks and for providing for access to technological equipment for instructional use.
The Agency has interpreted this to mean that the allotment may be used to employ staff to train educational personnel directly involved in student learning in the appropriate use of electronic textbooks and for providing access to technological equipment for instructional use.
Instructional Materials and Education Technology
Texas Education Agency
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