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§ 7-902. Legislative findings

West's Annotated Code of MarylandEducationEffective: July 1, 2016

West's Annotated Code of Maryland
Education (Refs & Annos)
Division II. Elementary and Secondary Education [Titles 2-9.5] (Refs & Annos)
Title 7. Public Schools (Refs & Annos)
Subtitle 9. Technology for Education (Refs & Annos)
Effective: July 1, 2016
MD Code, Education, § 7-902
§ 7-902. Legislative findings
The General Assembly finds that:
(1) Technology applications can propel the State's school systems into immediate and dramatic reform, without which the State will not meet the very ambitious National Education Goals;
(2) Creative uses of technology can reshape the State's outdated method of providing education and empower teachers to create an environment where students can be challenged through rigorous, rich classroom instruction at a pace that suits the learning style of each individual student;
(3) The acquisition and use of technology in education throughout the State has been enhanced by:
(i) The increased exposure of students and teachers to the power of technology as a cost-effective tool to improve student learning and achievement;
(ii) The ability of the State and county boards to invest in and support needed technologies;
(iii) The increased networking infrastructure and Internet access in schools and in classrooms; and
(iv) The increased availability of technology-enhanced curriculum, staff development, and administrative support resources and services in the educational marketplace;
(4) Advancements in technology offer new and interesting possibilities to promote new partnerships among teachers, students, parents, communities, and industry in the quest for knowledge and the process for learning;
(5) The use of technology will cultivate and maintain a technologically literate citizenry and internationally competitive workforce when used as an essential tool in the learning process;
(6) In support of the overall national technology policy, the State Department of Education and the Department of Commerce must assume a vital leadership and coordinating role in providing the State's vision and strategy to infuse advanced technology throughout all educational programs;
(7) State support can ease the burden at the local level by enabling the acquisition of advanced technology, teacher training and support, Web-based distance-learning resources, and market development for new educational products;
(8) Continuing professional development for teachers and administrators requires constant access to the latest advancements in technology to keep teachers and administrators excited and knowledgeable about the unfolding opportunities for the classroom; and
(9) The increasing use of new technologies and telecommunications systems in business has increased the gap between schooling and workforce preparation.


Added as Education § 7-702 by Acts 1994, c. 600, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 1994. Amended by Acts 1995, c. 120, § 19, eff. July 1, 1995. Renumbered as Education § 7-902 by Acts 1996, c. 10, § 16, eff. April 9, 1996. Amended by Acts 2002, c. 412, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 2002; Acts 2013, c. 43, § 5; Acts 2015, c. 22, § 5; Acts 2022, c. 135, § 5.
MD Code, Education, § 7-902, MD EDUC § 7-902
Current through legislation effective through June 1, 2024, from the 2024 Regular Session of the General Assembly. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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