U.S. lawmakers will be facing a $6 billion disparity between the Senate and House education budgets for 2006 when a conference committee convenes later this year to hash out a compromise. How the two sides end up agreeing will go a long way toward determining how much money will be available in the federal budget for school technology.

In a rebuke to President Bush's 2006 education budget proposal, which seeks to slash federal spending for the U.S. Department of Education (ED) by nearly $1 billion in the coming year, the Senate last month approved a plan that


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