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Stop Doing Lists–a concept I read about in Good to Great–is one of those ideas whose time has come for Texas schools. Obviously, the Tea Party Republicans are fond of making lists of things they don’t want to fund, whether they are critical to our children’s futures–and our Present as educators working to help children learn to use the tools they need to build that future–or not.

I’ve written about Stop Doing Lists here and here, and it’s worth revisiting the definition:

In words that resonate with most educators, Peter Drucker (1992) writes that “the largest and easiest gains in knowledge work come from redefining the task and eliminating what need not be done.”

Collins writes that we must all make a “stop doing list.” We must “stop doing anything and everything” that doesn’t get us the results we want (Collins, 2001).

Of course, what ARE the results we want? In Educational Technology, those results vary from school district to district. They vary because some leaders place little value on preparing our children technologically, instead pointing to the importance of ensuring top notch performance on high stakes test scores…and who can blame them, that’s how the system is stacked against them and they are assessed. Forget the fact that the schools supported by Republican Tea Party members are charter schools free from requirements so they can be more innovative.

Define or be defined. Public schools are being defined into broken-down, drill-n-kill, poorly staffed, low experience teachers places where basic services aren’t even provided (uh, why bother going to school?). Charter schools are defined as centers of innovation where real learning is happening. Obviously, this is by design.

As budget cuts continue, though, schools begin to see the end of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) mandates as Title 2, Part D-Enhancing Education through Technology lose funding. For several years, the budget has been zeroed out…now, it’s finally gone. It comes as no surprise. Technology innovation in public schools across our nation is NOT valued, not worthy of time and investment. But innovation in charter schools endorsed by Republican leaders IS valued and treasured, held up as paragons of excellence.

An email announcement from SETDA calls attention to the end of Title 2, Part D. But let’s be honest, it was dead a long time ago…the loss in funding merely a reminder that America desires to play second fiddle to China and India.

Very early this morning, Congress began to release details of the final FY11 budget deal. The final deal reflects an overall cut in Labor, HHS, Education and related agencies of $13 billion below the President’s FY11 request and 3.36% from FY10 actual levels. 

The deal terminates funding for more than 55 programs, including EETT, and includes an across-the-board cut of .2% to all remaining programs. Despite strong Senate support, it appears that the Administration’s zeroing of the program in their FY11 and FY12 requests (i.e., elimination through consolidation) was simply too much to overcome for a Congress looking to make big spending cuts.

The deal will be voted on later this week by both chambers, and – given what it took to craft this deal – the odds of negotiating further changes are likely slim. 

Are we ready, fellow Texans, to add the following to the Stop Doing List and stop collecting data that apparently means nothing to our State Legislators?

  • NCLB 8th grade technology literacy assessment
  • NCLB Administrator Assessment
And the information required here?

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has been required to report on the progress of districts receiving funds from No Child Left Behind, Title II, Part D as of January 2002. Title II, Part D reporting requirements for NCLB have been documented as a part of the Texas Campus STaR Chart. The reporting requirements have been an essential part of the process for documenting progress to support continued technology funding. As of 2008, additional data at the district level is requested for districts receiving Title II, Part D funds (formula and/or competitive). Districts receiving Title II Part D funding are required to report this additional data annually.

The NCLB Technology Reporting System is used to collect the additional data for these Title II Part D federal reporting requirements. This district level component of the STaR Chart system will open in April 2011 and close on June 30, 2011 for the 2010-2011 school year. All NCLB data must be entered by the time the system closes on June 30th so that data can be aggregated and forwarded to the United States Department of Education.


NCLB Title 2, Part D? What’s that?

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