Senate and House negotiators agreed Feb. 11 on a compromise, $789 billion economic stimulus bill that includes some funding for school modernization, a priority item for President Obama and House Democrats. Exactly how much funding schools and colleges might get to renovate their buildings and make classrooms technology-ready was unclear as of press time.

The agreement opens the door for passage of the final stimulus package in both the House and Senate later this week, after each body of Congress had passed competing versions of the legislation.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., initially withheld her approval in a lingering disagreement over the...

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