If signed by President Bush as expected, a bill passed by Congress Oct. 16 to overhaul the federal office in charge of education research will eliminate within two years the ten Regional Technology in Education Consortia (RTECs)—agencies that help school districts effectively plan for, use, and evaluate technology.

Despite this provision, educational technology advocates say they are mostly pleased with the legislation, because it also ensures that technology will continue to play a prominent role in the government's research efforts.

The Education Sciences Reform Act of 2002 (H.R. 3801) replaces


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