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  • WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25, 2015

    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 …


  • TUESDAY, MARCH 24, 2015, 8:54 A.M.

    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 …


  • SUNDAY, SEPT. 28, 2014

    Eye on Boise: Interim YourHealthIdaho director now permanent

    Idaho’s state health insurance exchange, YourHealthIdaho, has named a new executive director: Pat Kelly, the former finance director for the exchange who was named interim executive director in July. “Pat …


  • SUNDAY, SEPT. 21, 2014

    Democrats have hope in Idaho schools chief race

    BOISE – Conventional wisdom is that the Democrats’ best chance of capturing a statewide office in Idaho this year is the state school superintendent’s post. It’s an open seat in …


  • SUNDAY, SEPT. 7, 2014

    Priest Lake cabin site sales bring in nearly $27 million

    At the Aug. 28 auction of state-owned Priest Lake cabin sites at the Coeur d’Alene Resort, many in the crowd wondered if Idaho really was getting a better deal for …


  • SATURDAY, SEPT. 6, 2014, 3:09 P.M.

    Tom Luna defends big pay raises for staff

    LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) — Idaho’s schools superintendent is defending the pay raises he gave his top staffers earlier this year as temporary hikes that are part of a strategy to …


  • WEDNESDAY, AUG. 20, 2014

    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 …


  • TUESDAY, JULY 1, 2014

    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 …


  • MONDAY, JUNE 30, 2014, 3:22 P.M.

    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 …


  • WEDNESDAY, MAY 21, 2014, 10:43 A.M.

    Sherri Ybarra wins Idaho superintendent GOP primary

    Sherri Ybarra has won a close Republican primary for superintendent of public instruction, setting up what could be one of the most competitive statewide races in November.


  • SATURDAY, MARCH 8, 2014

    Idaho schools that opt out of Wi-Fi will get state money

    BOISE – Idaho school districts that opted to not join a controversial statewide contract for high school Wi-Fi services should qualify for state funding for their own wireless networks, state …


  • WEDNESDAY, FEB. 26, 2014

    Sen. John Goedde suggests changes to Idaho schools Wi-Fi contract

    BOISE – Idaho Senate Education Chairman John Goedde wants the state to cut off a five- to 15-year sole-source contract with Education Networks of America to set up Wi-Fi networks …


  • TUESDAY, JAN. 28, 2014

    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 …


  • FRIDAY, JAN. 24, 2014

    Idaho schools chief Tom Luna pitches $66.9 million plan

    BOISE – Idaho’s schools, hard-hit by budget cuts during years of economic downturn, would see a 5.1 percent boost in funding next year under a budget plan pitched to lawmakers …


  • THURSDAY, DEC. 5, 2013

    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. …


  • SUNDAY, OCT. 6, 2013

    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 …


  • WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 18, 2013

    Idaho schools won’t get funding hike

    BOISE – Members of Idaho’s Land Board wouldn’t budge Tuesday when asked by the state schools chief to increase funding for schools next year. Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna, …


  • SATURDAY, SEPT. 14, 2013

    Editorial: In a world where Idaho needs to fix its education

    The current state of education in Idaho could be condensed into one of those melodramatic movie trailers: “In a world where 60 percent of jobs require some post-secondary education, fewer …


  • SATURDAY, SEPT. 7, 2013

    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 …


  • SUNDAY, AUG. 25, 2013

    Eye on Boise: Tom Luna’s school fund push stalls

    BOISE – Political fireworks flew at the Idaho state Land Board last week, as, for the second time in five years, state schools Superintendent Tom Luna sought to boost the …


  • THURSDAY, AUG. 8, 2013

    Wide price gap seen in bids for Idaho Wi-Fi contract

    The Idaho Education Department received 10 bids for its controversial high school Wi-Fi contract – four less expensive than the winning bid. The price tag for the winning bidder, Education …


  • SUNDAY, AUG. 4, 2013

    Eye on Boise: Gov. Butch Otter’s campaign loan a win-win

    BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has forgiven a $131,000 loan he made to his campaign, leaving his campaign fund debt-free and with a healthy balance as he continues to …


  • SUNDAY, AUG. 4, 2013

    Huckleberries: Sending sky lantern aloft not welcome, on two fronts

    Coeur d’Alene Councilman Dan Gookin has a message for whoever launched a sky lantern that landed, deflated, behind a rear car tire in his Fortgrounds ’hood: “Now if you and …


  • SATURDAY, AUG. 3, 2013

    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 …


  • SATURDAY, AUG. 3, 2013

    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 …


  • SATURDAY, AUG. 3, 2013

    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 …


  • SATURDAY, AUG. 3, 2013

    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 …


  • TUESDAY, JULY 30, 2013

    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 …


  • SUNDAY, JULY 28, 2013

    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 …


  • FRIDAY, JULY 26, 2013

    Official: Price one part of wireless pact

    BOISE – Idaho officials concede the five-year, $2.1 million annual contract the state Department of Education signed Wednesday with a Tennessee company to install Wi-Fi service in public high schools …


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