The U.S. House of Representatives approved a historically huge $819 billion stimulus bill on Jan. 28 that includes some $142 billion for education as part of the Obama administration's plan to revive a badly ailing economy. The vote was 244-188, with Republicans unanimous in opposition despite the president's frequent pleas for bipartisan support.

Some $20 billion for school modernization and $1 billion for educational technology are included in the bill, which also sets aside money for schools and colleges to shield them from the effects of state cutbacks in services, as well as tax credits designed to make college more affordable.



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