As the U.S. Department of Education (ED) revamps its popular information clearinghouse system as required by the Education Sciences Reform Act of 2002, many educators and librarians fear the proposed changes will make it harder—and not easier, as ED intends—for them to access important research on educational technology and other topics.

The issue takes on added significance as educators struggle to incorporate "scientifically based research" into their educational approaches, as is now required by the No Child Left Behind Act.

The Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC) currently operates through a...

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