Educational technology leaders are applauding the Senate appropriations committee's July 14 decision to provide $425 million in funding for the Enhancing Education Through Technology (EETT) federal block-grant program next year.

The decision, which still must pass in the full Senate, nevertheless gives ed-tech advocates a reason to cheer. Just a few months ago, it looked as if the program would be cut entirely from next year's budget. Now, it appears the momentum in Congress has changed.

In February, the Bush administration eliminated EETT as part of its 2006 budget proposal.

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