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U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan says the federal government “will do all we can” to support the use of technology in education because technology “can even the playing field” for low-income, minority and rural students who don’t have laptops and i-phones at home.

“The future of American education undoubtedly includes a laptop on every desk and universal Internet access in every home. It definitely includes more on-line learning,” Duncan told a conference in Austin, Texas, last week.

Education in the U.S. is a state and local responsibility, but “[e]nsuring educational equity is at the heart of the federal role in education,” Duncan said. “It opens doors for all students as long as we make sure that the students most in need have access.”

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