Anticipating smaller budgets, school officials are spending their technology dollars more carefully, according to new research from International Data Corp. (IDC).

"A lot of disposable or short-term investments are not being done," said Ray Boggs, author of the report "U.S. K-12 Technology Profile 2003: Changing Investment in Personal Computer, Network, and Online Resources," which was released May 7.

"School officials are saying, 'We know we can't do this next year, so let's not even bother with it this year,'" Boggs said.

The news isn't all bad, though. Nearly 28 percent of respondents said the current fiscal

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