125B.21 Minnesota education telecommunications council.
Subdivision 1. State council membership. The membership of the Minnesota education telecommunications council established in Laws 1993, First Special Session chapter 2, is expanded to include representatives of elementary and secondary education. The membership shall consist of three representatives from the University of Minnesota; three representatives of the board of trustees for Minnesota state colleges and universities; one representative of the higher education services offices; one representative appointed by the private college council; one representative selected by the commissioner of administration; eight representatives selected by the commissioner of children, families, and learning, at least one of which must come from each of the six higher education telecommunication regions; a representative from the office of technology; two members each from the senate and the house of representatives selected by the subcommittee on committees of the committee on rules and administration of the senate and the speaker of the house, one member from each body must be a member of the minority party; and three representatives of libraries, one representing regional public libraries, one representing multitype libraries, and one representing community libraries, selected by the governor. The council shall:
(1) develop a statewide vision and plans for the use of distance learning technologies and provide leadership in implementing the use of such technologies;
recommend educational policy relating to telecommunications;
(3) determine priorities for use;
(4) oversee coordination of networks for post-secondary campuses, kindergarten through grade 12 education, and regional and community libraries;
(5) review application for telecommunications access grants under Minnesota Statutes, section 125B.20, and recommend to the department grants for funding;
(6) determine priorities for grant funding proposals; and
(7) work with the information policy office to ensure consistency of the operation of the learning network with standards of an open system architecture.
The council shall consult with representatives of the telecommunication industry in implementing this section.
Subd. 2. District council membership. District organizations that coordinate applications for telecommunication access grants are encouraged to become members of the regional higher education telecommunication council in their area.
Subd. 3. Criteria. In addition to responsibilities of the council under Laws 1993, First Special Session chapter 2, as amended, the telecommunications council shall evaluate grant applications under section 124C.74 and applications from district organizations using the following criteria:
(1) evidence of cooperative arrangements with other post-secondary institutions, school districts, and community and regional libraries in the geographic region;
(2) plans for shared classes and programs;
(3) avoidance of network duplication;
(4) evidence of efficiencies to be achieved in delivery of instruction due to use of telecommunications;
(5) a plan for development of a list of all courses available in the region for delivery at a distance;
(6) a plan for coordinating and scheduling courses; and
(7) a plan for evaluation of costs, access, and outcomes.
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