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State Sources for Library Media and Technology Program Funds

Common School Fund Article X, section 2 of Wisconsin's constitution created this fund.  Income from interest on money loaned for school and municipal building projects is spent on library books and instructional material for school libraries.  The pool of money is distributed based on the number of school age youth in districts.  DPI posts the money each school district receives on their Web site.  

TEACH (Telecommunications Access Program)  Transferred to the Department of Administration last August.  NO new educational technology block grants, wiring loans, or teacher training grants will be rewarded.  The TEACH Web site has estimate of the amounts districts have received.

Badgerlink  Provides databases of periodical and newspapers for schools, libraries, and Wisconsin citizens.  

In Wisconsin, local property taxes also is a source of funds, but the Common School Fund is intended to decrease the differences among rich and poor districts.  This assumption has been challenged by lawsuits.  Districts may have referendums to raise funds for building or large technology programs.  

Federal Sources for Library Media and Technology Program Funds

Technology Literacy Challenge Fund  A program, administered by states, that provided federal funds for technology-related programs.  Internet filtering software was required to be in place in funded districts.  as of 2001-2002 school year, this program was replaced by the federal Ed Tech Grant program.

Enhancing Education Through Technology (Ed Tech) Program  Administered by DPI, federal funds are to be used to ensure that students are technology literate by the end of the eighth grade.  Schools and partnerships with at least one participants has an 11% poverty rate are eligible to apply.

E-rate (Universal Service Fund)  uses funds from telecommunication companies to connect schools to the Internet.

Other federal funds that are used for technology include Goals 2000, Eisenhower, Carl Per4kins, IASA Title VI, and IDEA.  

Other Sources for Library Media and Technology Program Funds

Schools may also obtain funds through private foundations or parent groups, regional services such as CESAs, cooperative arrangements and joint projects, and community resources.

Collaborative Purchasing Agreements & Other Resources

Wisconsin InterLibrary Services (WILS)  A not-for profit library service organization that works with state libraries.  Members (approximately $100 annual fee for a district to join) receive discounts on CD-ROM and electronic databases, hardware, supplies, equipment, and furniture.  

Wisconsin CESA Districts provide a range of purchasing services to members.  Because these vary greatly, contact local representative for more information.

The Wisconsin Association of School Boards Marketplace Page  Maintains a searchable database for - Communication, Data, Music, Sound, Video & Voice Systems - Computers, Internet Providers, MIS Consulting, Training or Software - Curriculum, Early Childhood, Instruction & Educational Supplies & Resources - School & Office Equipment, Forms, Supplies & Furniture

VendorNet  Provides easy access to information that helps vendors provide goods and services for Wisconsin's electronic purchasing system.  School districts may register and check state contracts to determine if pricing is available to them.  

Technology and Services Procurement Site  is the official source of summarized purchase information for TEACH Wisconsin. Sources include VendorNet, UW Madison and UW System contracts and other supporting state agencies. For further information, contact Mr. Kurt Sutheimer, Info-Tech Services.

Many computer hardware sites provide educational prices for computer systems and peripherals including Apple, Dell, Gateway, and HP/Compaq.

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