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, in spite of efforts in the House to kill programs.

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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