Funding earmarked exclusively for technology in the U.S. Department of Education (ED) budget increased by $106 million for fiscal 2001, to $872 million. Factor in federal program funds that can be used for technology-related initiatives, such as facilities renovation and after-school programs, and the total amount of ED 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...

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