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Advocating for Educational Technology

VSTE Statement Opposing HB 8, Virginia Virtual School, February 16, 2016

VSTE Statement on Net Neutrality, May 2014

VSTE Supports Blueprint for the Future of Public Education, November 2011

VSTE Responds to the Virginia Board of Education’s proposed Guidelines for the Prevention of Sexual Misconduct and Abuse in Virginia Public Schools. January 2011

The Virginia Society for Technology in Education (VSTE) serves as an advocate for educational technology. While our members come from many different areas of the educational spectrum, they share a belief that technology has the power to transform teaching and learning. They also believe that technological literacy is an essential part of the skills needed to be successful in the 21st century. If the United States wants to maintain its position as a global leader, our students must be able to use technology effectively.

We want to let policy makers know of the importance of educational technology. We want to let them know what they can do to support effective technology use. Our goal is to bring the voices of Virginia’s educators to those policy makers, using their stories to show the powerful ways that we can improve teaching and learning through the systemic use of technology.

As an affiliate of the International Society for Technology in Education, VSTE is able to advocate at the federal level as well. ISTE's Advocacy Platform includes positions on a variety of issues such as adult education, broadband, the maker movement, and privacy and security. You can join the ISTE Advocacy Network to keep up to date on legislation and activities that may affect both Virginia and your school division. 

We have developed several white papers related to educational technology designed to guide educators:

 

Advocacy News Updates

ISTE’s ESSA Primer: Meet the New Law, Not Like the Old Law

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Thursday, April 28, 2016, 4:00 – 5:00 PM ET ISTE’s legislative counsel, Jon Bernstein, will provide an interactive introduction to help you understand what ESSA has in store for educators. The webinar will include: • An explanation of ESSA’s new framework, including implementation milestones • A deep dive into SSAEG and how it may benefit ISTE members • A … Continue reading ISTE’s ESSA Primer: Meet the New Law, Not Like the Old Law

E-Rate Application Filing Window Extended

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On April 15th, the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) announced that the FY2016 E-Rate application filing window will be extended to allow applicants more time to submit their applications. This move followed letters from a number of parties, including one signed by VSTE’s parent organization, the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), seeking an … Continue reading E-Rate Application Filing Window Extended

Governor Vetoes HB 8

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VSTE is pleased to announce that Governor Terry McAuliffe has vetoed HB 8, which would have established a new executive branch agency known as the Board of the Virginia Virtual School, to govern and facilitate the provision of full-time, online educational programs.  The VSTE Board of Directors opposed the bill.

Advocating for Public Schools: VSTE Statement Opposing HB 8

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The Board of Directors for the Virginia Society for Technology in Education (VSTE) has reviewed House Bill 8, which calls for the creation of the Virginia Virtual School (VVS). We have serious questions and concerns about provisions in the bill and their potential impact on public education and public school divisions in the Commonwealth. You … Continue reading Advocating for Public Schools: VSTE Statement Opposing HB 8

Virginia General Assembly Opens Today

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Wednesday, January 13, 2016, is the first day of the 2016 Virginia General Assembly with both houses convening at 12 PM. The Virginia House of Delegates and the Senate of Virginia offer live streaming video of the 2016 Legislative Sessions, when each body convenes for session. The adjourn and convene times are tweeted, #vahouse and #vasenate. … Continue reading Virginia General Assembly Opens Today