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Idaho Legislature to re-examine ethics, campaign finance laws

Idaho is one of just three states with no financial disclosure requirements for state legislators – or any elected or appointed state official. It also lacks “revolving-door” laws that in …


Former Idaho schools chief not running for Congress

Former Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna says he will not run for the open House seat in Idaho’s 1st Congressional District.


Idaho spent $61 million on failed school management system

BOISE – Idaho wasted $61 million on a statewide instructional management system for schools that former state schools Superintendent Tom Luna continued to push despite warnings it wouldn’t work, according …


UPDATED: Tue., March 24, 2015, 2:23 p.m.

Report: Idaho wasted $61M on failed school management system

Idaho wasted $61 million on a failed statewide instructional management system for schools, according to a new state performance evaluation, as former state schools Superintendent Tom Luna pushed it forward …


Eye on Boise: Interim YourHealthIdaho director now permanent

Idaho’s state health insurance exchange, YourHealthIdaho, has named a new executive director: Pat Kelly, the former finance director for the exchange who was named interim executive director in July. “Pat …


Democrats have hope in Idaho schools chief race

BOISE – Conventional wisdom is that the Democrats’ best chance of capturing a statewide office in Idaho this year is the state school superintendent’s post. It’s an open seat in …


Priest Lake cabin site sales bring in nearly $27 million

At the Aug. 28 auction of state-owned Priest Lake cabin sites at the Coeur d’Alene Resort, many in the crowd wondered if Idaho really was getting a better deal for …


Tom Luna defends big pay raises for staff

LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) — Idaho’s schools superintendent is defending the pay raises he gave his top staffers earlier this year as temporary hikes that are part of a strategy to …


Tom Luna’s next job keeps him in education arena

BOISE – Idaho Superintendent of Schools Tom Luna will go to work for a national education nonprofit after he leaves office at the end of the year. Luna will be …


Fifteen Idaho schools will share $3 million in technology grants

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 …


Three North Idaho schools get state tech grants

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 …


Sherri Ybarra wins Idaho superintendent GOP primary

Sherri Ybarra has won a close Republican primary for superintendent of public instruction, setting up what could be one of the most competitive statewide races in November.


Idaho schools that opt out of Wi-Fi will get state money

BOISE – Idaho school districts that opted to not join a controversial statewide contract for high school Wi-Fi services should qualify for state funding for their own wireless networks, state …


Sen. John Goedde suggests changes to Idaho schools Wi-Fi contract

BOISE – Idaho Senate Education Chairman John Goedde wants the state to cut off a five- to 15-year sole-source contract with Education Networks of America to set up Wi-Fi networks …


Idaho schools chief Tom Luna won’t seek re-election

BOISE – Controversial Idaho schools Superintendent Tom Luna will not seek re-election, he announced Monday. That decision will help take politics out of the process of implementing school reforms recommended …


Idaho schools chief Tom Luna pitches $66.9 million plan

BOISE – Idaho’s schools, hard-hit by budget cuts during years of economic downturn, would see a 5.1 percent boost in funding next year under a budget plan pitched to lawmakers …


Bipartisan Idaho school reform bills unveiled

BOISE – In a rare moment of bipartisanship on school reform in Idaho, Democratic state lawmakers unveiled four far-reaching bills Wednesday, and GOP state schools Superintendent Tom Luna endorsed them. …


Eye on Boise: Opposing Idaho education reform views heard by joint committee

BOISE – A joint legislative committee tasked with looking at whether Idaho should keep three controversial – and temporary – teacher contract laws that lawmakers enacted this year got mixed …


Idaho schools won’t get funding hike

BOISE – Members of Idaho’s Land Board wouldn’t budge Tuesday when asked by the state schools chief to increase funding for schools next year. Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna, …


Editorial: In a world where Idaho needs to fix its education

The current state of education in Idaho could be condensed into one of those melodramatic movie trailers: “In a world where 60 percent of jobs require some post-secondary education, fewer …


Idaho school Wi-Fi contract sees cut; flat fee dropped

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 …


Eye on Boise: Tom Luna’s school fund push stalls

BOISE – Political fireworks flew at the Idaho state Land Board last week, as, for the second time in five years, state schools Superintendent Tom Luna sought to boost the …


Wide price gap seen in bids for Idaho Wi-Fi contract

The Idaho Education Department received 10 bids for its controversial high school Wi-Fi contract – four less expensive than the winning bid. The price tag for the winning bidder, Education …


Eye on Boise: Gov. Butch Otter’s campaign loan a win-win

BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has forgiven a $131,000 loan he made to his campaign, leaving his campaign fund debt-free and with a healthy balance as he continues to …


Huckleberries: Sending sky lantern aloft not welcome, on two fronts

Coeur d’Alene Councilman Dan Gookin has a message for whoever launched a sky lantern that landed, deflated, behind a rear car tire in his Fortgrounds ’hood: “Now if you and …


Review committee members say Wi-Fi selection process was fair

BOISE – Two Idaho school district technology directors who served on a committee that reviewed the bids for Idaho’s high school Wi-Fi contract with Education Networks of America said they …


203 schools opt in

BOISE – Just over half of eligible schools have decided to sign up for Idaho’s new statewide high school Wi-Fi contract, putting the state’s cost for the coming year at …


Idaho split on Wi-Fi deal

Shawn Swanby built his high-tech company from the ground up, starting in his living room in 1997 back when he was a University of Idaho student. Now he runs a …


Contract ‘bad deal,’ expert says

BOISE – A nationally recognized information technology expert calls Idaho’s multimillion-dollar, multiyear contract for Wi-Fi service at its high schools “ridiculous” and “just a bad deal.” Leon Kappelman, a professor …


Gov. Butch Otter tepid on school Wi-Fi deal

BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter weighed in Monday on a controversial multiyear, multimillion-dollar contract for Wi-Fi networks in Idaho high schools, saying, “It’s not necessarily how I would have …