Budget cuts to K-12 education could reach up to $2.5 billion this year according to estimates by the National Association of State Budget Officers. Twenty-two states have slashed K-12 funding, which has led to increased class sizes, fewer tutoring programs, fewer days in the school year, fewer high school counselors, fewer college prep opportunities, and fewer teacher development resources. Although this may paint a grim picture of K-12 education in the United States, many schools have found innovative ways to reduce costs using education technology:
- Make curriculum guides digital to eliminate costs associated with editing, printing and distributing curriculum binders.
- Offer online professional development courses for teachers to remove associated travel expenses and substitute fees.
- Shift toward online summer school classes that require fewer resources and eliminate the need for buses, facilities and electricity.
- Put additional instructional resources online for students who may need a little extra help.
- Allow employees to learn at their own pace, on their own desktop with online training to roll-out a new student information system, payroll system, or grading tool.