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Idaho Education Network honored for digital innovation

The Idaho Education Network is getting some national attention from the National Journal.

Idaho Education NetworkOn Thursday, National Journal named the statewide broadband system a winner in its annual “Back in Business” list, which honors breakthroughs in categories ranging from health care to energy to expanding exports.

The IEN earned the top spot in National Journal’s digital innovations category. In an article, “Classrooms That Span the Vast Expanse,” writer Naureen Khan said the network allows all students to pursue their academic goals, regardless of location.

An excerpt:

“One promise of advanced information technology is its potential to break down physical barriers and increase opportunities — including a quality education. Fulfilling that promise is particularly important in communities long plagued by a lack of resources. National Journal chose the Idaho Education Network for top honors in digital innovation because it has succeeded in creating that long-dreamed-of level playing field. No longer are rural Idaho students restricted to the same narrow choices they faced in the Industrial Age, dictated by distance.”

Kevin Richert is a reporter and blogger at Idaho Education News (idahoednews.org). Kevin is a former Statesman editorial page editor, with 27 year's experience in Idaho journalism.

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