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Albertson Foundation gives Idaho schools $21M grant for software program, network

Here's a news item from the Associated Press:  BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation is giving $25 million to Idaho to help better track student achievement and fulfill its cash commitment to the Idaho Education Network. The investment announced Wednesday includes $21 million to the Idaho Department of Education to pay for software designed to improve the performance of students and teachers. The software is designed and distributed by SchoolNet Inc., a private New York company. Albertson Foundation Executive Director Jamie MacMillan says the SchoolNet tool will improve the way schools monitor real-time student progress and teacher effectiveness in a consistent and timely manner. The grant also covers the remainder of the foundation's $6 million pledge toward the $60 million cost for installing broadband infrastructure statewide for the IEN. The network links public schools, universities and businesses.

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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