The Department of Education has proposed a new agency to fund the development of new education technologies and to promote their use in schools. The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Education is modeled after a successful funding program at the Department of Defense called DARPA, which is credited with the creation of the Internet. The new agency will seek to develop and deploy technologies that will help students to learn, such as digital tutors. According to officials at the Department of Education, less than 0.1 percent of the department’s budget for K-12 education is currently spent on research on how students learn.


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