To paraphrase the late Will Rogers, Oklahoma trick roper, philosopher, and comedian: There's good news from Washington today; Congress is in recess.

August is when our lawmakers traditionally take golf junkets to Scotland paid for by big lobbyists, fly to fund- raisers on corporate jets, and--if time permits--visit with their constituents.

In the months leading up to the August recess, however, Congress presented us with a host of critical issues affecting education technology--two of which I'll underscore here. For starters--much to my astonishment--federal lawmakers gave every...

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