Distance Education Network Update - LB1208
LB 1208. (A major bill greatly affecting Nebraska distance learning and educational telecommunications) was co-introduced on January 18, 2006 by Senators Raikes, Pederson, Baker, and Stuhr. This bill embodied many of the recommendations contained in the final report of the Legislature’s Distance Education Enhancement Task Force, which met from July to December, 2005.
Distance Education Enhancement Task Force Report (2005)
Cover and Main Report
Appendices A through D
Appendices E through G
Appendices H through L
LB 1208 and LB 1208A were passed by the Legislature on April 13, 2006 and signed into law by Governor Heineman.
LB1208 Original Legislation (2006)
Statement of Intent
A summary of the basic principles and significant provisions of the distance education improvement plan are included in the document, What is LB 1208 , with language lifted from the Nebraska Revised Statutes.
Full Text of all Statutes affected by LB 1208.
The distance education improvement plan is centered on three general principles.
First, the plan recognizes the responsibility of school districts, ESUs, and public postsecondary education institutions to make decisions related to participation in distance education.
Second, the plan encourages the exchange of distance education courses using a statewide network, known as Network Nebraska.
Third, the plan provides for statewide coordination through a new entity, the Distance Education Council.
LB 1208 also tasked the Chief Information Officer of the State of Nebraska with providing the opportunity for all public K-12 and public higher education entities to connect to the statewide network known as Network Nebraska as soon as feasible but no later than July 1, 2012.
In addition, the Chief Information Officer shall aggregate demand for those state agencies and educational entities (also including private, denominational, or parochial schools, or nonprofit private postsecondary educational institutions) choosing to participate and shall reduce costs for participants whenever feasible.