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Tech task force approves all recommendations unanimously

The "Students Come First" technology task force has voted unanimously in favor of the recommendations from its first subcommittee, on "One-to-One Governance and Instructional Integration," without discussion.

One the second one, the "Classroom Technology Integration" subcommittee, Rep. Wendy Jaquet, D-Ketchum, offered a substitute motion, which was seconded by Sen. Chuck Winder, R-Meridian, to add that the task force recommends that the Legislature "consider increasing funding for professional development," and also to ask Idaho's colleges of education to work to assure that pre-service training includes classroom technology integration.

"I think that this report is really good, but there is a problem with adequate funding," Jaquet said. Sen. John Goedde, R-Coeur d'Alene, said, "State dollars are very few and very precious." All the task force can do is recommend, he said. "We certainly can't try to commit the Legislature to spending them." State schools Superintendent Tom Luna said the "Students Come First" plan anticipated spending nearly $4 million a year on professional development. But, he said, "We've learned from other states that a critical component of the successful implementation of technology is professional development, and ongoing professional development." Jaquet's motion then won unanimous approval.

The task force then approved the third and fourth subcommittees' recommendations unanimously. "This has been historic work, and I'm very pleased with the work of the committee," Luna said.

Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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