Education technology funding would decrease by about $55 million, under the Fiscal Year 2002 budget proposal that President George W. Bush sent to Congress April 9. Bush's proposal consolidates nine education technology programs into a single block grant, funded at $817 million, down from $872 in Fiscal 2001.

The administration budget is not likely to be enacted without significant modification in Congress, but it is nonetheless an important bellwether of the president's priorities.

The plan would create a single education technology grant program under the Elementary and Secondary Education...

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