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By Tatum Travers • May 31, 2018

4 Ways to Fund Your EdTech Program

One of the most important steps in planning a sustainable edtech program is identifying how your district will purchase and maintain classroom technology.

Read on to learn four of the most common sources of funding our partners turn to when investing in new edtech.

#1: Title I Part A

As the largest source of federal funding for schools, Title I provides 16 billion dollars in funding to schools that serve a high percentage of children from low-income families. Historically underserved by traditional instructional practices, children from low-income families require a unique set of supports to build background knowledge, nurture foundational skills, and extend learning beyond the classroom. Districts often use Title I Part A funding to purchase technology that streamlines and strengthens whole-child child education, social-emotional learning, or personalized learning in an effort to tackle the achievement gap between low-income students and their peers.

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#2: Title III

Title III allots 700 million dollars of funding to English Language Learners each school year. Over 9% of US public school students speak a language other than English at home, and school districts can use Title III funding to purchase technology that provides these students with a culturally inclusive curriculum, language and vocabulary supports, and opportunities for collaboration.

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#3: Title IV

Title IV is a block grant that provides over 1 billion dollars in funding for school safety, well-rounded education, and educational technology initiatives. Districts receiving more than $30,000 from Title IV can spend up to 60% of this funding on technology for teaching and learning. Only 15% of this funding can be used towards devices, equipment, and software.

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#4: IDEA

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a law ensuring services to children with disabilities. School districts receive over $11 million dollars to help pay for the cost of providing services and education to children with special needs. Districts using this funding to purchase edtech will often look for tools designed to support students’ IEPs.

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Districts across the country use state and federal funding to bring eSpark and Frontier to elementary and middle school classrooms. To learn how Title I, Title III, and Title IV funding align to Frontier and eSpark, visit Funding eSpark Learning Programs.

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