Despite shrinking budgets and the slowed economy, American public schools have managed to increase their hardware inventory with roughly the same spending as last year, according to a new study from research firm Market Data Retrieval (MDR). The company cited declining technology costs as a key reason for the expansion.

"Technology in Education 2002," the latest installment in MDR's annual series of reports on the state of technology in the nation's schools, provides information on the use of laptops, wireless networks, and digital video disc (DVD) drives, as well as instructional computers by brand of


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