Despite $1 billion in ed-tech funding and increases in college Pell Grants, education took a major hit when the U.S. Senate cut all $20 billion in proposed funding for school modernization from its version of the economic stimulus bill, which passed in that chamber on Feb. 10. The $20 billion appeared, and passed, in the House's version of the bill late last month.

A scaled-back version of the stimulus bill passed in the Senate 61-37 after allocating roughly $80 billion for education altogether--much less than the $142 billion approved in the House version.

What once had reached a $937 billion figure was...

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