The latest analysis by education research firm Market Data Retrieval (MDR) finds that training courses are taking up an increasing percentage of school district technology funding—but spending on professional development still trails both hardware and software spending. More importantly, it is still far behind the levels recommended by education experts.

MDR estimates that just under $5.7 billion was spent by public schools in the 1999-2000 school year on technology. Just under $1 billion, or 17 percent, was spent on teacher training. This is far below the 40 percent that the National Education Association (NEA) recommends.

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