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BOISE – Students and their teachers in grades six through 12 at a Sandpoint charter school will get laptop computers, and special education classes at the school will have iPads for use as a result of state technology grants announced Monday. Forrest M. Bird Charter School was one of 15 schools across Idaho to qualify for a share of $3 million in grants for tech pilot projects for the coming year, nabbing $317,516 that also will cover training, project presentation systems and more. But outgoing state schools Superintendent Tom Luna noted that 99 schools applied for the grants, and if they’d all gotten what they sought, the total would have been more than $26 million.
Sixth through 12th graders at a Sandpoint charter school all will get laptop computers, as will their teachers, and special ed classes at the school will get iPads, under state technology grants announced Monday. Forrest M. Bird Charter School was one of 15 schools across Idaho to qualify for a share of $3 million in grants for tech pilot projects for the coming year.
BOISE – Under pressure from legislators, Idaho’s state education department and the company it selected to provide Wi-Fi to high schools statewide have agreed that payment should be made only for services provided. The change marks a major shift in a controversial contract with Education Networks of America that would have paid the Nashville, Tenn.-based company a flat fee regardless of how many schools it served. Savings could drop the value of the total contract from $2.11 million to $1.89 million for the first year and key lawmakers say other potential changes could be in the works.