Accessible, equitable computer education for all students is a priority for MACUL. Our team works to assist in the promotion and support of education technology, ensuring that students and teachers have the tools and education to build a stronger future. Follow along here for important news on ed-tech advocacy, state and federal legislation and ways you can get involved.
Advocacy Twitter Take-over: Second Tuesday of each month at 11 a.m.
Be a part of the conversation by using or checking out #MACULAdvocacy on Twitter and follow us (@MACUL).
Current legislative items to follow
Michigan House Bill 4288 – “Broadband Expansion Act of Michigan”
Bill would expand broadband access to communities by requiring the Department of Technology, Management and Budget (DTMB) to implement a grant program. Learn more about this bill.
Take action by contacting your state Senator or Representative.
Follow Michigan Committees important to supporting education technology:
- Senate Appropriations
- Senate Education and Career Readiness
- House Appropriations Committee
- House Communications and Technology Committee
- House Education Committee
I’m good at certain things. I feel comfortable with technology and teaching others, I can make a mean salted caramel cupcake, but when I hear the word policy or advocacy my first thought is “I can’t do that, I don’t understand or it doesn’t matter what I do. I’m only one person.” Read more.
The new Perkins Act’s purpose is to support the development of “academic knowledge and technical and employability skills” among secondary education students and postsecondary education students who elect to enroll in career and technical education. Congress authorized the law through fiscal year 2024, including authorizing $1.229 billion for Perkins Act programs for fiscal year 2019, rising to $1.318 billion by fiscal year 2024. This amount reflects a modest funding increase compared to fiscal year 2018, when the law’s programs received approximately $1.2 billion. The new law will take effect on July 1, 2019. Read more.