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$61.5M later, Schoolnet to close

The days are numbered for the costly and flawed Schoolnet instructional management system. The State Department of Education will pull the plug on the Schoolnet system on June 30, the department’s chief technology officer told lawmakers Wednesday. The department has been looking for a path away from the Schoolnet mess since March, when state auditors issued a scathing report that said the state had sunk $61.5 million into a statewide system that failed to provide timely and useful information to classroom teachers. On Wednesday, the Legislature’s joint oversight committee took a second look at the Schoolnet audit — and state superintendent Sherri Ybarra’s repairs to a system she inherited from her predecessor, Tom Luna/Kevin Richert, IdahoED NEWS. More here.

Question: $61.5M wasted dollars -- and no one will be held to blame. Only in Idaho. Thoughts?



D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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