A measure to overhaul the federal office in charge of education research, passed by Congress Oct. 16 and signed into law by President Bush Nov. 5, will eliminate within two years the 10 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.


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