Funding earmarked exclusively for technology in the U.S. Department of Education budget increased by $106 million for fiscal 2001, to a total of $872 million. Factor in federal programs whose funds can be used for technology-related initiatives, such as facilities renovation and after-school programs, and the total amount of federal funding available for school technology in 2001 soars to more than $2.8 billion.

The 2001 budget includes a $25 million increase in the Technology Literacy Challenge Fund, to $450 million. This program gives block grants to the states for funding local school districts purchases of

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