Posted September 16, 2018 09:31:37 The federal government has given $5 billion in funding to states and localities to help schools and districts improve their technology and curriculum.
And while that money is well-meaning, many experts say that money should be used for things like teacher training, teacher preparation, and even technology-related costs.
But a new report from the nonpartisan Institute for Policy Innovation says that much of that money, and much of the money already spent on technology, may actually be more wasteful than it is needed.
For example, the Institute for Technology Assessment found that of the $2.3 billion in federal funds that went to states to improve their education systems, $600 million of it went to teacher salaries rather than to technology.
This has led to some states, such as Massachusetts, investing far more in teacher training and technology than in technology.
And this has had unintended consequences, such a recent study found that teachers who were more technologically adept had less students proficient in reading and math.
A report by the Institute of Technology Assessment released this week said that states should use this funding wisely, not spend it on teacher salaries.
“States should not spend money to pay teachers and other public workers more than the actual value of their services and benefits,” the report said.
“Instead, they should use the funds to fund education and training for their workers and improve their workforce efficiency, which would reduce teacher turnover and the costs of teacher training.”
But that doesn’t mean all the money is being well spent.
According to the Institute’s report, the state of Illinois spent $839 million on technology in the 2016-2017 school year.
The state spent $5,000 per teacher.
The report noted that in Pennsylvania, the district spent $1,721 per teacher, while the school district spent a whopping $5 million.
And in Michigan, the schools spending on technology doubled from $1.2 million in 2011-2012 to $4.3 million in 2015-2016.
There are also a lot of states that spend less than the federal government on technology and have less money to spend.
For instance, in 2017, the United States spent $18,200 per teacher on technology.
That was less than half the amount spent in the states that were spending the least on technology (Michigan spent $3,900 per teacher).
And some states are spending more than they spend, such that some districts in California, New York, and Illinois spend more on technology than the states spend on teachers.
“Some districts are spending hundreds of thousands of dollars per year on technology,” says Michael Smith, a policy analyst with the Institute.
“Other districts are doing a lot more.
But what the federal and state governments are doing is providing money to districts to spend on things like technology.”
The Institute’s analysis found that, while it’s not the case that every dollar spent on training and other teacher training is better than nothing, it’s worth noting that states with more money are spending money on training, technology, and related costs.
The Institute also found that states that have spent the most money on technology have also had the highest percentage of students proficient or better in reading, math, and science.
So states that are spending the most on technology may be spending the wrong amount.
There is a lot to be concerned about, however.
The federal budget has a $20 billion contingency fund, which provides funding to a variety of federal programs.
But the Institute found that $5.9 billion of that fund was already spent in fiscal year 2018, so there’s little reason to expect the same level of spending in the future.
Additionally, because of the uncertainty around the 2018 budget, there’s not much that can be done about spending in fiscal 2018.
That’s because Congress will not pass a new budget until March 7.
The Senate is scheduled to hold a vote on a budget bill next month.
This means that many of the things that would normally be considered a priority for the Trump administration, such an infrastructure bill, and the 2018 farm bill, will now likely fall on the Senate’s plate.
“The federal government needs to get out of the way and make sure the states have the resources they need to be able to invest in education, technology and the workforce,” says Smith.
“But they need Congress to do a better job of funding those things.”
This article originally appeared on New York magazine.