Congress on Nov. 20 passed an omnibus spending package for fiscal year 2005 that provides a $1.4 billion overall increase for education--but some $191 million, or nearly 30 percent, less for the Enhancing Education Through Technology (EETT) block-grant program, the primary source of federal funding for school technology.

Though overall education funding will top $57 billion this year, ed-tech advocates who spoke with eSchool News decried the final bill for failing to provide enough money to support the use of technology in the nation's schools. EETT, which was funded last year at $691 million, will...

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