How to make sure that today's students--tomorrow's graduates--can thrive in the new knowledge economy was a key area of focus at the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) Leadership Summit, held last week in Washington, D.C.

Speaking at the event, a U.S. Department of Education (ED) official challenged education leaders to "accelerate the rate of change" in the nation's schools.

Educators need to "focus on competitiveness, because we're not getting the results we require in today's more competitive economy," said Hudson LaForce, senior counselor to Education Secretary Margaret Spellings. "Our customers, whether you define those as businesses, parents,


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