Education officials appealed Thursday to textbook publishers and education-technology executives in Washington, D.C., asking how they could help the private sector deliver on a goal of providing students with greater access to digital textbooks and other technology. "We need your expertise, your leadership, to figure out how every single child has access to content 24/7," Education Secretary Arne Duncan said. "I see amazing pockets, islands of success, but it's on the margins. The question is, can we get to scale as a country?"

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