Although President Bush's fiscal year 2003 budget request would increase funding for Title I, reading, and voucher programs, it would fund state block grants for technology at the same $700 million level as FY 2002 and eliminate other school technology programs entirely.

Overall, the new budget proposal—released Feb. 4—would increase education funding to $50.3 billion, up from $49.8 billion in 2002. The one-percent increase would be the smallest since fiscal 1995.

The budget asks for $11.4 billion for Title I grants to local school districts. It also requests $1 billion—a...

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