A controversial plan to combine the $2.25 billion eRate and nine other school technology programs into a single block grant is one of a handful of key proposals by President George W. Bush that has divided many policy makers and educators.

In his education plan, which he unveiled Jan. 23, Bush called for a consolidation of "duplicative" school technology programs—including the eRate—into a single block grant. The grant would be administered to schools by formula to help


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