Legislation that would funnel an estimated $20 billion in revenue toward educational technology research and development (R&D) was languishing in committee in both the Senate and the House at press time, and supporters of the measure say it's doubtful that Congress will take up either bill before the end of the current legislative session.

The Senate's version of the legislation, called the Digital Opportunity Investment Trust Act (S. 2603), proposes creating a billion-dollar government agency—on par with the National Institutes of Health or National Science Academies—to enhance federal ed-tech programs.

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