On Monday, 19 November, eSchool News reported Bush vetoes education spending bill. This bill would have provided $271 million dollars for Education Technology and another $1.2 billion for career and technical education. The excuse for vetoing this bill was that the Administration wanted no funding for Ed Tech and only $600 million for career and technical education. This was the same day that the President signed a $471 billion (non-war) budget. This did not include $196 billion dollars earmarked for Iraq and Afghanistan!
I don't want to get into a political debate about the merits of our military actions in Iraq and Afghanistan but to fail to fund education -- and especially Education IT -- at reasonable levels is simply unconscionable!
I hope that all who read this will take part in the political process between now and election day, 2008. We have to be engaged if we want to have a positive impact on the future -- for ourselves and our children.