The market researchers said the local and state education market will likely experience little growth in the next two years, although it is expected to recover by FY08 and increase to $10 billion by FY10. The increase should represent a 45 percent growth.
Input said many K-12 programs cut by the Bush Administration have been restored by Congress with the result that the segment has weathered the trimming. “Technology vendors working within the state and local education market will need to remain patient for the next few years,” said James Krouse, manager of Input’s state and local market analysis unit, in a statement.
“Controlled spending and inadequate budgets will give way to more significant spending by FY08,” he added. “Additionally, we will see more noteworthy grant funding earmarked to support the ever-increasing federal mandates within the K-12 education market.”
Universities have been weathering the current cuts by increasing tuition and fees, the market research company said.
Krouse expects funding for education to shift back when a new federal administration takes over the White House.