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    States should promote distance learning programs toincrease educational opportunities for residents. With ubiquitous high-speed Internetaccess, students from any geographic location and income level can takeadvantage of otherwise unattainable educational and job trainingopportunities. One strong modelwas in Idaho where HB 543was enacted in part to promote a statewide coordinated andfunded high-bandwidth education network. Legislators hope, among other things, that the "Idaho EducationNetwork" (IEN) can be a coordinated, statewide telecommunicationsdistribution system for distance learning in each public school, includingtwo-way interactive video, data, internet access and other telecommunicationsservices . Further, the Idaho DigitalLearning Academy (IDLA), a state sponsored, accredited, on-line virtualschool created through the Idaho state legislature, is designed to increaseeducational opportunities and choices to all Idaho students regardless oflearning ability, income, or geographic location. IDLA provides a high qualitypublic school education, aligned with state achievement standards, utilizingthe Internet and innovative educational methods of delivery.

    Resources:
    United States General AccountingOffice, Distance Education - Growth in DistanceEducation Programs and Implications for Federal Education Policy
    Idaho DigitalLearning Academy

     

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    States should promote distance learning programs toincrease educational opportunities for residents. With ubiquitous high-speed Internetaccess, students from any geographic location and income level can takeadvantage of otherwise unattainable educational and job trainingopportunities.