U.S. K-12 Educational Technology Policy: What is the Federal Role? (Part I)

What should the federal role be in promoting access to and use of technology for K-12 education (AKA ‘educational technology policy’)? What are the types of programs and policies that Congress could enact that would benefit students given: (1) a limited federal role in (and national budget for) education, and (2) continual and rapid advances in technological capabilities, tools, and services that are or could be applied to benefit student learning (both in and out of schools)? What actions should we expect of the U.S. Department of Education (ED), not merely in carrying forth Congressional mandates (which may offer ED more or less regulatory authority or discretion), but in terms of its use of the bully pulpit, of its explicit discretionary contract and grantmaking authority, and its role as a technical assistance provider?

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