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A Big Success for Digital Promise

Digital Promise Legislation Passes the House of Representatives
We write to thank you for your support of the Digital Promise Project, whose proposal to establish the National Center for Learning Science and Technology (originally called DO IT) as an independent 501(c)(3) corporation within the Department of Education, was placed into H.R. 4137, the College Opportunity and Affordability Act, and passed by the House of Representatives on Feb. 7th!  
We are thrilled at the creation of this important pilot program.  The Center will have its own distinguished nine person Board of Directors.  It will administer a trust fund for precompetitive, basic and applied research to help transform education, skills training and lifelong learning for the digital age.  It will assess and research prototypes for innovative digital learning and information technologies; support pilot testing and evaluation, encourage their widespread adoption and use, and introduce digital media education programs for parents, teachers, and children to build technology literacy.  To carry out its activities, the Center will award contracts and grants to colleges and universities, museums, libraries, public broadcasting entities and similar nonprofit organizations and public institutions, as well as to for-profit organizations.
We are deeply grateful for the inspired leadership of Congressmen John Yarmuth of Kentucky and Ralph Regula of Ohio.  These leaders were joined in support of the legislation by Congressmen Boucher, Chandler, Courtney, Eshoo, Gordon, Honda, Kennedy, Lipinski, Lofgren, Markey, Pickering, Schakowsky, Sensenbrenner, Shays and many others.  Please thank these representatives accordingly!
The House bill will now go to conference with the Senate, where many members have indicated their strong support.
For more information or to view the language of the legislation, please visit us at
Again, we are thrilled with the passage of this legislation in the House, and we want to thank you for your support!
The Digital Promise Team
Digital Promise Project1725 DeSales St., NW Washington, DC 20036


1 comment

Wow. That is super cool. Congratulations! I didn't know this was even on the table, but I am forwarding it to my Learning Sciences and Technology research group here at Georgia Tech. It clearly has a lot of implications for us.