Friday, February 17, 2006

Huge Reductions in Federal Funding for EdTech

From eSchool News (

"President Bush's 2007 budget proposal would cut the main source of federal funding for school technology out of the budget entirely--but state and local school leaders already are grappling with a sharp reduction in ed-tech funding this fiscal year."

Signed into law at the end of December was a 45% or $200 million reduction in the Enhancing Education Through Technology (EETT) block-grant program. The article states that cuts are mainly affecting "poor, minority students in urban areas and at-rick, low income students in rural areas." The examples of the programs that are going to be cut, interestingly enough, were for instructional software applications--not hardware.

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