Congress has approved an appropriations package for education that will fund educational technology programs at $867 million in 2002, about $5 million less than 2001 levels. This, despite an original agreement in both the House and the Senate to fund ed-tech programs at a full $1 billion this year.

Why the discrepancy? Attempts by eSchool News to reach members of the House-Senate appropriations committee who established the funding levels that Congress ultimately agreed to were unsuccessful at press time, but the nation's top ed-tech advisor urged educators to look at the larger picture.

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