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Delaware Center for Educational Technology

Created in 1995, the Delaware Center for Educational Technology is intended to create a modern education technology infrastructure in Delaware's public schools to enable students, through the use of technology, to meet the academic achievement standards set by the State Board of Education and to develop the skills needed by a world-class workforce. To these ends, the General Assembly intends for the Delaware Center for Education Technology to concentrate on the deployment of technology at the school level in a way that will be of maximum effect in improving teaching and learning in Delaware schools.

The Center is a public education agency created for the purpose of coordinating the use of technology by Delaware's several school districts, the Department of Public Instruction, and any other organization, public body, or other entity specifically designated by the legislature for the purpose of carrying out the public education of the citizens of Delaware.

The Center is governed by a Board consisting of 10 voting members, 3 are appointed by the Governor and are persons with expertise in the field of computer information systems, 3 are public school district superintendents, one from each of the counties, and 2 are public school teachers appointed by the Delaware State Education Association, and are knowledgeable in computer technology and can assist with the practical implementation of telecommunications technology. The State Superintendent of Public Instruction or his representative and the Director of the Office of Information Systems are ex officio voting members of the Board. The State Librarian, the State Budget Director, Controller General, and the Secretary of Finance or their designees, and 3 representatives, 1 designated by eadh of the Presidents of the three Delaware public institutions of higher education, shall be ex officio, nonvoting members of the Board.

The Governor designates one member of the Board to be chairperson, serving at the pleasure of the Governor.

The Center is responsible for deploying and/or assisting in the deployment of educational technology to enable students, through the use of technology, to meet the academic achievement standards set by the State Board of Education and to develop the skills needed by a world-class workforce.

The Center is responsible for providing support to the several school districts and to the Department of Public Instruction for the acquisition, implementation, and operation of: telecommunications systems and networks; computers; audio and video equipment; transmission equipment; and such other equipment and processes necessary to provide modern telecommunications and computing resources. The Center also provides support for the training of public education employees in the use, operation, and maintenance of such equipment and processes.

Legislative Summary

1. 70 DL, Ch. 111, 1975.

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February 27, 2003