§19102. Fund purpose and plan

Link to law: http://legislature.maine.gov/legis/statutes/20-A/title20-Asec19102.html
Published: 2015

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§19102. Fund purpose and plan








1. Purpose. 
The fund must be used to enable the full integration of appropriate learning technologies
into teaching and learning for the State's elementary and secondary students. The
fund must be managed and governed in a manner that provides for the financially sustainable
support, use and integration of learning technology in Maine schools as determined
by the Legislature.


[
2001, c. 358, Pt. II, §3 (AMD);
2003, c. 20, Pt. TT, §1 (AMD)
.]








2. Learning technology plan. 
The use of the fund must be based on a learning technology plan, referred to in
this section as the "plan," developed annually beginning for school year 2002-03 by
the commissioner and adopted by the Legislature. The annual plan must be designed to achieve the
goal of preparing students for a future economy that relies on technology and innovation.


The plan developed annually by the commissioner must include, but is not limited to, consideration of the following:




A. The appropriate structure, governance and oversight of the fund; [2001, c. 358, Pt. II, §3 (NEW); 2003, c. 20, Pt. TT, §1 (AMD).]











B. The current use of learning technology in classrooms in the State; [2001, c. 358, Pt. II, §3 (NEW).]










C. The current readiness of faculty to use technology in teaching; [2001, c. 358, Pt. II, §3 (NEW).]










D. The professional development needed to integrate technology into classroom teaching; [2001, c. 358, Pt. II, §3 (NEW).]










E. Assessment of the strategy and goals for improving and equalizing access to and the
use of learning technology in all schools; [2001, c. 358, Pt. II, §3 (NEW).]










F. A plan for implementing the plan in several phases, with Phase I implementing the
plan for all schools, students and teachers at the 7th and 8th grade levels; [2001, c. 358, Pt. II, §3 (NEW).]










G. Strategies that coordinate the resources and goals of the fund and the plan with a
network of schools and libraries in the State administered by the Public Utilities
Commission and the telecommunications education access fund; [2001, c. 358, Pt. II, §3 (NEW); 2003, c. 20, Pt. TT, §1 (AMD).]











H. Strategies that coordinate learning technology in kindergarten to grade 12 education
with initiatives and resources of the State's postsecondary education institutions;
and [2001, c. 358, Pt. II, §3 (NEW).]










I. Data tracking and assessment of the progress of implementing the goals of the fund
and the plan. [2001, c. 358, Pt. II, §3 (NEW); 2003, c. 20, Pt. TT, §1 (AMD).]








[
2013, c. 533, §14 (AMD)
.]








3. Guiding principles for plan. 
The plan must be consistent with the following guiding principles:





A. Equity. The plan must promote equal opportunity for and provide meaningful access
to learning technology resources for students who are economically disadvantaged or
have special needs; [2001, c. 358, Pt. II, §3 (NEW).]










B. Integration with the system of learning results established in section 6209. The
plan must support student achievement of the system of learning results through the
integration of learning technologies that are content-focused and that add value to
existing instructional methods; [2001, c. 358, Pt. II, §3 (NEW).]










C. Sustainability and avoidance of obsolescence. The plan must provide future sustainability
of learning technology resources to adapt to future educational needs and to avoid
obsolescence of learning technology resources; [2001, c. 358, Pt. II, §3 (NEW).]










D. Teacher preparation and professional development. The plan must provide effective
preparation, professional development and training programs for teachers and other
educators in the use and integration of learning technology tools in curriculum development,
instructional methods and student assessment systems; and [2001, c. 358, Pt. II, §3 (NEW).]










E. Economic development. The plan must foster economic development across all regions
of the State and the preparation of students for an economy that is dependent upon
technology. [2001, c. 358, Pt. II, §3 (NEW).]







[
2001, c. 358, Pt. II, §3 (NEW)
.]








4. Learning technology program; evaluation for implementation in grades 7 to 12. 
Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the commissioner shall conduct an annual
comprehensive review of the learning technology program and report to the joint standing
committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over appropriations and financial
affairs and the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over
education matters on the progress and results of the comprehensive review by February
15th annually. In conducting the comprehensive review, the commissioner shall:





A. Through a competitive bidding process consistent with Title 5, chapter 155, subchapter
1-A contract with an education policy research institute to assess the effect of the
laptop program on student performance in achieving the content standards and performance
indicators established by the statewide system of learning results established in
section 6209 using valid, standardized assessment measures; [2011, c. 380, Pt. CC, §1 (NEW).]










B. Identify high-need areas for improvements in students' learning and skills; [2011, c. 380, Pt. CC, §1 (NEW).]










C. Provide targeted training and professional development of teachers from the 7th to
12th grade who participate in the laptop program; and [2011, c. 380, Pt. CC, §1 (NEW).]










D. Contract with an education policy research institute to conduct a biennial audit
including an evaluation of the costs, effectiveness and achievement outcomes of the
learning technology program. [2011, c. 380, Pt. CC, §1 (NEW).]







The commissioner shall submit a report that includes findings and recommendations, including suggested
legislation to revise and update chapter 606-B and this chapter, for presentation
to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over appropriations
and financial affairs and the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction
over education matters by January 31st annually.


[
2013, c. 533, §15 (AMD)
.]





SECTION HISTORY

1999, c. 731, §FFF1 (NEW).
2001, c. 358, §II3 (AMD).
2003, c. 20, §TT1 (AMD).
2011, c. 380, Pt. CC, §1 (AMD).
2013, c. 533, §§14, 15 (AMD).