After months of political wrangling over the $360 billion federal budget, the U.S Department of Education (ED)'s technology-specific programs made it through negotiations relatively unscathed. All pre-existing programs received at least the same amount of funding as last year, despite House efforts to the contrary.

In all, ED's primary technology programs will receive more than $768 million for fiscal year 2000, up $70 million from 1999 appropriations, though below the $801 million requested by the administration. The House proposed an educational technology budget of just over $500 million, and several programs—including Star Schools and Teacher

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