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Chief deputy state superintendent quits

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho official responsible for fixing a troubled school software system is leaving the state Department of Education. Roger Quarles, hired only in August as chief deputy superintendent, quit the agency earlier this week. Quarles had been charged with addressing educator complaints about SchoolNet, a program funded largely by the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation. After quitting Tuesday, Quarles is returning to a program at Boise State University also funded by the Albertson Foundation. Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna says Quarles is quitting because he came aboard last year only on the assumption that Luna would be running for re-election. Luna announced this week he won't run. Quarles, who just got back from an education conference in London, wasn't immediately available for comment. Quarles had been paid $120,000 annually in his state post.

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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