WHEREAS, distance learning is a means to achieve efficient and cost-effective training of soldiers by educational training through electronically mediated instruction including audio conferencing, virtual office, video, audio graphic, computer, multimedia technology, and other forms of learning capabilities when the soldier is geographically separated from the instructor;
WHEREAS, distance learning also has civilian applications that could be of tremendous benefit to the citizens of Louisiana;
WHEREAS, the DLN is offering distance learning opportunities to state military departments;
WHEREAS, through the DLN, states have the opportunity to receive funds and/or in-kind assistance in the form of federally procured supplies and/or services to develop and administer distance learning sites by entering into a distance learning cooperative agreement with the United States Property and Fiscal Officer on behalf of the National Guard Bureau, pursuant to federal requirements;
WHEREAS, if the state of Louisiana develops and administers distance learning sites and permits the use of the sites by public and private organizations and individuals in addition to the Louisiana National Guard, on a space-available and cost reimbursement basis, information technology will be publicly accessible and the public's use of the information technology will generate revenue necessary for the administration of the sites;
WHEREAS, as a prerequisite to the establishment of a distance learning network within a state, the federal government requires the state to establish an advisory board to serve as its point of contact; and
WHEREAS, the interests of the citizens of the state of Louisiana are best served by the creation of an advisory board that is charged with serving as a point of contact for the DLN and with developing, coordinating, and facilitating the implementation and administration of Louisiana's distance learning sites;
NOW THEREFORE I, M.J. "MIKE" FOSTER, JR., Governor of the state of Louisiana, by virtue of the authority vested by the Constitution and laws of the state of Louisiana, do hereby order and direct as follows:
SECTION 1: The Louisiana Distance Learning Network Advisory Board (hereafter "Board") is established within the military department, Office of the Governor.
SECTION 2: The duties of the Board shall include, but are not limited to, the following:
SECTION 3: The Board shall use the Distance Learning Planning Information Paper issued by the National Guard Bureau for guidance in its implementation of the duties set forth in Section 2.
SECTION 4: The Board shall annually, by August 1, submit a comprehensive written report to the governor which details the Board's progress in fulfilling the duties set forth in Section 2 and assesses the Board's planning objectives.
SECTION 5: The Board shall consist of fourteen (14) members who shall be appointed by, and serve at the pleasure of, the governor. The membership of the Board shall be selected as follows:
SECTION 6: The governor shall select the chair of the Board. The membership of the Board shall elect all other officers.
SECTION 7: The Board shall meet at regularly scheduled intervals and at the call of the chair.
SECTION 8: Support staff for the Board and facilities for its meetings shall be provided by the military department, Office of the Governor.
SECTION 9: The members of the Board shall not receive compensation or a per diem. Nonetheless, contingent upon the availability of funds, a member who is not an employee of the state of Louisiana or one of its political subdivisions, or an elected official, may receive reimbursement from the Office of the Governor for actual travel expenses incurred, in accordance with state guidelines and procedures, with the prior written approval of the commissioner of administration and the Office of the Governor.
SECTION 10: All departments, commissions, boards, agencies, and officers of the state, or any political subdivision thereof, are authorized and directed to cooperate with the Board in implementing the provisions of this Order.
SECTION 11: This Order is effective upon signature and shall remain in effect until amended, modified, terminated, or rescinded by the governor, or terminated by operation of law.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have set my hand officially and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of the state of Louisiana, at the Capitol, in the city of Baton Rouge, on this 9th day of April, 1998.
M.J. "Mike" Foster, Jr.
Secretary of State