Spending for technology in K-12 education topped $6.7 billion during the 1998-99 school year, an increase of nearly 25 percent from the previous year. And in 1999-00, districts are expected to spend even more, according to the latest figures from Quality Education Data (QED).

Though QED's "Technology Purchasing Forecast 1999-2000" projects only $6.2 billion in school technology spending this year, this figure doesn't include the projected spending of up to $2.25 billion in eRate dollars, because schools didn't know how much they'd be getting in eRate discounts when they responded to the survey.

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