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ERIC Number: ED497955
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Apr
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Why Statewide Educational Networks are Important to State and Educational Leaders
Mathews, J.B.
Southern Regional Education Board (SREB)
Statewide educational networks are core elements of states' education and telecommunications infrastructures. These networks influence educational success and contribute to a state's competitive status, economic development and general quality of life. Electronic communications networks are changing how people live and work in every state. Internet access is prevalent, e-commerce is growing and more government services are accessible online to the public. Networks also are playing an essential role in improving and expanding access to education. For years states have used educational networks, such as educational television and connections among computers, to share information. The continued advancement of the Internet and the revolution in telecommunications technology and services have increased the potential for new and improved educational services. All states clearly consider statewide educational networking a serious, important endeavor and generally recognize networks as necessary and effective. However, there are challenges, including meeting rising needs and expectations, maintaining organizations that work and obtaining resources and staff. To overcome these challenges, educational and governmental leaders need to understand the increasing importance of educational networks and why it is essential to focus now on their purposes and needs.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA.