Despite reports that state budgets across the country are improving--state coffers are expected to grow by 6.3 percent in 2006, according to a recent survey by the National Governors Association--advocates of educational technology say a majority of states still rely on federal dollars to promote the use and advancement of technology-based programs in schools. That's why recent developments in the nation's Capital spell bad news for educators.

On Dec. 30, President Bush signed into law a federal education budget for 2006 that would cut overall education spending for the first time in a decade, including


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