In a partial victory for the Bush administration, a joint committee of House and Senate leaders agreed Oct. 30 to consolidate several federal technology programs into a single block grant. The money would be distributed by states to individual school districts, half through competitive grants and half based on the current formula for Title I funding.

The agreement—which also requires schools to use at least 25 percent of these funds for professional development—was reached as the committee met to ratify key elements in the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). ESEA outlines


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