As House and Senate lawmakers return to Washington this month to reconvene the 109th Congress after their summer recess, the legislative agenda features several bills likely to affect how technology is used in schools.

Among the measures currently on Congress's to-do list before year's end are the Deleting Online Predators Act (DOPA), a controversial proposal intended to better protect children from the potential hazards of social-networking web sites such as MySpace.com; the most significant overhaul of telecommunications legislation in a decade, which has ramifications for the $2.25 billion-a-year eRate; and closure on the 2007 federal...

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