A BUDGET FOR EDTECH? Fresh off the press from South by Southwest. The Obama administration has submitted the first budget request specifically for education technology since FY2010*. The 2015 budget, which includes $69 billion in discretionary funding for the Department of Education, earmarks $200M to support professional learning for educators who are transforming their practice through technology. The ConnectEDucators program looks to "provide more resources, including individualized support and opportunities for educators to collaborate around instruction," according to a press release posted on ED.gov.