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A $245 million problem? Not exactly…

When former Sen. John Goedde earlier this week told lawmakers the state could lose $245 million in federal funding if the embattled Idaho Education Network goes dark, he apparently exaggerated – Idaho Reports co-host Melissa Davlin reports that the actual amount at risk if Idaho doesn’t administer standardized tests to 95 percent of its students this spring, jeopardizing the state’s waiver from the No Child Left Behind law, is $620,000. That’s 0.26 percent of the $245 million, which is the total amount of federal money the state receives for public education, including USDA money for school nutrition programs.

Goedde didn’t back away from the claim when asked about it today by Davlin. “There’s potential that every bit of federal funding could be at risk, and not just education funding,” he said. You can read Davlin’s full report here.

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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