As state and local education leaders await word from Washington, D.C., on how much money the federal government will spend on education in 2004, a new survey from the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) paints a troubling picture of school technology funding at the state level.

SETDA's survey of budget data from 31 states reveals that the average budget for a state education technology office decreased from $13.9 million in 2002 to $10.4 million in 2003, with more cuts expected for 2004. More than half of the responding states say they've had to reduce...

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