Stronger leadership, creative financing, access to broadband internet service, more digital content, and interoperable data systems are among the new priorities spelled out in the U.S. Department of Education's (ED's) long-awaited release of its latest National Education Technology Plan (NETP).

Pairing educators' suggestions with parent comments and input from thousands of students across the country, the plan--released Jan. 7--establishes a "national vision" and strategy for the effective use of technology in the nation's schools. The final document, which ED plans to submit to Congress later this year, includes recommendations, cases studies, and an array...

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