From Dan Fernandez:
"We are incredibly excited to announce that effective April 19th, 2006, all Visual Studio 2005 Express Editions including Visual Basic, Visual C#, Visual J#, Visual C++, and Visual Web Developer Express will be free permanently!"
This is very exciting for students and faculty--I'm just giddy! :) I'm especially excited about the Lego Mindstorms stuff and the Teacher Starter Kit. :)