The U.S. Department of Education (ED) is underwriting a $580,000 project to report on technology innovations in Japan. Grant recipients at the University of Southern California say their online project, dubbed the "USC Japan Review," will alert Americans to important technology innovations that might otherwise go unnoticed. But some exasperated American educators say ED would do better giving that kind of money to one or more U.S. school districts.

Professors and other academics at USC Annenberg's Online Journalism and Communication Program say they will spend the ED grant on creating a web site dedicated to

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