House OKs record $142 billion for education

By: Absolute Team | 1/29/2009

Good news for U.S. K-12 schools and colleges. The U.S. House of Representatives approved the Obama administration's $819 billion stimulus package. The bill sets aside $142 billion for education.

Both the Senate and House versions of the stimulus package would supply about $20 billion for school infrastructure improvements, though the funding would be apportioned differently: K-12 schools would get $14 billion and colleges $6 billion in the House version, while the Senate version allocates $16 billion for K-12 schools and $3.5 billion for colleges. The House version also sets aside another $1 billion for educational technology, while the Senate version includes ed-tech funding as part of the infrastructure line item.

No matter how the education portion of the bill pans out in the Senate, Education still wins. And when passed, schools and colleges will be able to continue to give their students and teachers the technology that they need for the best learning environment.

Via eSchool News

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