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Luna outlines technology proposals

State schools chief Tom Luna makes his budget pitch to state lawmakers on Thursday (Betsy Russell)
State schools chief Tom Luna makes his budget pitch to state lawmakers on Thursday (Betsy Russell)

State schools Superintendent Tom Luna’s budget request for next year includes $13.4 million for school technology; he said it’s the same amount schools got this year. That would include $8 million distributed directly to school districts for classroom technology; $2.25 million to continue the statewide high school WiFi contract Luna signed over the summer; $3 million for another round of technology pilot projects; and $150,000 for an online course portal for parents and students to use.

Luna made reference to lawmakers' concerns over his signing the multi-year contract with one-time funding, based on vague "intent language" written into this year's school budget. "If there is anything I have learned, it is that I will make sure we all have a clear understanding of intent language, what it means and exactly how it will be carried out in the future," he told the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee.




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