The U.S. Department of Education (ED) has announced that states may now apply for their share of the new $700 million educational technology block-grant program.

The grant program—called Enhancing Education Through Technology, or "Ed Tech" for short—was created after Congress combined several existing school technology programs, including the Technology Literacy Challenge Fund and Technology Innovation Challenge Grants, under the newly reauthorized Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).

Ed Tech is a state-administered block grant program funded at $700.5 million in 2002. According to the grant's newly-issued rules, the money must

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