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Goedde: Idaho already buys textbooks from out-of-state, so why objections to online courses?

Senate Education Chairman John Goedde, R-Coeur d'Alene, said he has a rebuttal to the argument that requiring students to take online courses will send state education funds to out-of-state providers. "The objection to money being sent out of state - where are the textbooks published that school districts purchase in Idaho?" he asked Tracy Bent, chief planning and policy officer at the State Board of Education. She responded, "I believe the majority if not all of them in fact are purchased from out of state. ... I would of course have to defer to the Department of Education to tell you exactly where they come from."

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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