Educational technology advocates were quietly celebrating the survival of a handful of specific technology programs in the days following the Dec. 11 approval of the landmark education bill by House and Senate negotiators.

But before President George W. Bush had signed the bill into law Jan. 8, the celebration had turned to disappointment, as Congress approved an appropriations package 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

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