With state governments from Maine to California facing severe budget shortfalls, legislators and state education officials are targeting school technology programs for possible budget cuts.

An already-slumping economy, further damaged by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, has left several states scrambling to balance their budgets. As many as 44 states face serious budget shortfalls, and at least half of these say they're going to cut education programs, according to Michael Griffith, an analyst at the Education Commission of the States in Denver.

"Some states have been hit harder than

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