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  • Idaho spent $61 million on failed school management system

    BOISE – Idaho wasted $61 million on a statewide instructional management system for schools that former state schools Superintendent Tom Luna continued to push despite warnings it wouldn’t work, according …


  • Report: Idaho wasted $61M on failed school management system

    Idaho wasted $61 million on a failed statewide instructional management system for schools, according to a new state performance evaluation, as former state schools Superintendent Tom Luna pushed it forward …


  • Tom Luna’s next job keeps him in education arena

    BOISE – Idaho Superintendent of Schools Tom Luna will go to work for a national education nonprofit after he leaves office at the end of the year. Luna will be …


  • Fifteen Idaho schools will share $3 million in technology grants

    BOISE – Students and their teachers in grades six through 12 at a Sandpoint charter school will get laptop computers, and special education classes at the school will have iPads …


  • Three North Idaho schools get state tech grants

    Sixth through 12th graders at a Sandpoint charter school all will get laptop computers, as will their teachers, and special ed classes at the school will get iPads, under state …


  • Eye on Boise: IPATT’s Mike Lanza booted from education task force

    BOISE – Mike Lanza, the parent-turned-education activist who chaired the campaign that successfully overturned the Students Come First school reform laws, says he’s been booted from Idaho Gov. Butch Otter’s …


  • Idaho schools chief Tom Luna won’t seek re-election

    BOISE – Controversial Idaho schools Superintendent Tom Luna will not seek re-election, he announced Monday. That decision will help take politics out of the process of implementing school reforms recommended …


  • Idaho education a priority in Gov. Butch Otter’s budget

    BOISE – Education is the top priority for Idaho for the coming year, Gov. Butch Otter declared Monday, coming even ahead of tax cuts for businesses and the wealthy. “Any …


  • Idaho’s 2014 legislative session underscored by election

    BOISE – Three big issues – education, health care and prisons – loom over Idaho lawmakers as they convene their legislative session Monday. But at the same time, every seat …


  • Bipartisan Idaho school reform bills unveiled

    BOISE – In a rare moment of bipartisanship on school reform in Idaho, Democratic state lawmakers unveiled four far-reaching bills Wednesday, and GOP state schools Superintendent Tom Luna endorsed them. …


  • Eye on Boise: Opposing Idaho education reform views heard by joint committee

    BOISE – A joint legislative committee tasked with looking at whether Idaho should keep three controversial – and temporary – teacher contract laws that lawmakers enacted this year got mixed …


  • Idaho school Wi-Fi contract sees cut; flat fee dropped

    BOISE – Under pressure from legislators, Idaho’s state education department and the company it selected to provide Wi-Fi to high schools statewide have agreed that payment should be made only …


  • Idaho Gov. Butch Otter backs school funding proposal

    BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter endorsed the sweeping recommendations of his school reform task force on Tuesday, including restoring large cuts to school budgets made during Idaho’s recession years. …


  • 203 schools opt in

    BOISE – Just over half of eligible schools have decided to sign up for Idaho’s new statewide high school Wi-Fi contract, putting the state’s cost for the coming year at …


  • Review committee members say Wi-Fi selection process was fair

    BOISE – Two Idaho school district technology directors who served on a committee that reviewed the bids for Idaho’s high school Wi-Fi contract with Education Networks of America said they …


  • Idaho split on Wi-Fi deal

    Shawn Swanby built his high-tech company from the ground up, starting in his living room in 1997 back when he was a University of Idaho student. Now he runs a …


  • Contract ‘bad deal,’ expert says

    BOISE – A nationally recognized information technology expert calls Idaho’s multimillion-dollar, multiyear contract for Wi-Fi service at its high schools “ridiculous” and “just a bad deal.” Leon Kappelman, a professor …


  • Gov. Butch Otter tepid on school Wi-Fi deal

    BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter weighed in Monday on a controversial multiyear, multimillion-dollar contract for Wi-Fi networks in Idaho high schools, saying, “It’s not necessarily how I would have …


  • Eye on Boise: Idaho school Wi-Fi contract questioned by lawmakers

    BOISE – A rare clash between two branches of Idaho’s government has been roiling Boise for the past week, after state schools Superintendent Tom Luna signed a five- to 15-year …


  • Multiyear Wi-Fi contract awarded to Luna backer

    BOISE – Idaho state schools chief Tom Luna on Wednesday defiantly issued a five- to 15-year contract to a Nashville, Tenn., company to run Wi-Fi networks in Idaho high schools, …


  • Idaho school Wi-Fi plan surprises legislators

    BOISE – Idaho state schools chief Tom Luna is about to sign a 15-year, multimillion-dollar contract for a private company to set up Wi-Fi networks in every high school in …


  • Otter signs as law limits on teachers

    BOISE – Five months after Idaho voters resoundingly rejected laws limiting schoolteacher contract rights, Idaho lawmakers resurrected many of them. Gov. Butch Otter signed five controversial bills into law to …


  • Idaho’s lawmakers pass budget, head home

    BOISE – Idaho lawmakers adjourned their legislative session Thursday after 88 days, running nearly a week longer than planned amid a deadlock in the Senate over the budget for public …


  • Idaho governor signs bill tightening initiative rules

    BOISE – It soon will be tougher to get an initiative onto the Idaho ballot. Barely five months after Idaho voters took to the ballot box to scrap the Legislature’s …


  • Bill requires Idaho students to read Ayn Rand

    BOISE – A state senator from Coeur d’Alene introduced a bill Tuesday to require every Idaho high school student to read Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged” and pass a test on …


  • Students Come First back on agenda

    BOISE – Idaho lawmakers on Monday took steps to reinstate parts of the controversial Students Come First school reform laws less than three months after voters overwhelmingly repealed them. State …


  • Idaho may revive voter-rejected teacher contract limits

    Less than three months after voters overwhelmingly repealed them, Idaho lawmakers on Monday reintroduced four bills to reinstate parts of the controversial “Students Come First” school reform laws, focusing on …


  • Luna urges 3 percent more for schools

    BOISE – A humbled Idaho schools Superintendent Tom Luna told state lawmakers Thursday that regardless of how it’s done, he wants Idaho to keep investing in teacher pay and classroom …


  • Initiative hurdles proposed

    BOISE – Some Idaho lawmakers want to make it harder for citizen initiatives to qualify for state ballots. The move by Idaho state Senate Republican leaders happened Monday in the …


  • Eye on Boise: Unallocated money in school budget may stay put

    BOISE – Idaho lawmakers who’ve been hoping to raid Idaho’s public school budget now that voters have rejected three school-reform laws had a setback last week: Doing so would require …

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