To assist Texas public schools in the implementation of the State Board of Education’s Long-Range Plan for Technology, in 1991, the Texas Legislature created the Technology Allotment. Starting in September of 1992, school districts began receiving the Technology Allotment at the rate of the $30 per each student in Average Daily Attendance (ADA). For the current biennium, the technology allotment was $29.66 in 2009-2010 and is projected at $29.33 for 2010-2011.
Uses for Funds
Technology Allotment funds may only be used for the purposes specified in the Texas Education Code (TEC) Chapter 32 §32.005 (B):
• provide for the purchase by school districts of electronic textbooks or technological equipment that contributes to student learning; and
• pay for training educational personnel directly involved in student learning in the appropriate use of electronic textbooks and for providing access to technological equipment for instructional use.
Technology allotment funds flow to the district from TEA, and the district is held accountable for the use of those funds. How the funds are distributed in a district is a local decision, at the district level, as long as they are in compliance with the rules for the use of the funds. Expenditures of the Technology Allotment are coded in the Public Education Information Management System (PEIMS). The Technology Allotment is the key state funding source for implementation and on-going support of technology use in Texas schools.
For additional information, contact:
Educational Technology Department
1701 North Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78701