WASHINGTON CALLING: Here are a couple of questions that have been making the rounds of the "edsurgents," folks working on education reform: What slows down edtech companies, particularly startups? What can the government do to help get technology that genuinely accelerates learning into the right hands? In late August, the Obama administration unveiled its Startup America partnership, aimed at giving additional support to, yep, startups. Now we're hearing rumblings that more support is coming for folks--including teachers, edtech entrepreneurs and others--who are thinking hard about designing and using technologies to ramp up learning and teaching. A "learning technology" shindig at the Eisenhower Executive building is planned for Friday Sept. 16, starring Sec. Arne Duncan. Ya heard it here first. Stay tuned for all the gory details.