AUGUSTA ( AP) — Gov. Paul LePage has ordered the state Department of Education to develop a plan for expanding digital learning opportunities for Maine students.

Wednesday’s executive order coincided with national Digital Learning Day, which highlights technology and digital media in education.

LePage says students need to gain the skills essential to succeed in the 21st century economy.

His executive order directs the Education Department to consult students, parents, educators, technology experts and others in crafting a plan for expanding access to digital learning statewide.

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