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Eye on Boise: Idaho school Wi-Fi contract questioned by lawmakers

BOISE – A rare clash between two branches of Idaho’s government has been roiling Boise for the past week, after state schools Superintendent Tom Luna signed a five- to 15-year …


Official: Price one part of wireless pact

BOISE – Idaho officials concede the five-year, $2.1 million annual contract the state Department of Education signed Wednesday with a Tennessee company to install Wi-Fi service in public high schools …


Multiyear Wi-Fi contract awarded to Luna backer

BOISE – Idaho state schools chief Tom Luna on Wednesday defiantly issued a five- to 15-year contract to a Nashville, Tenn., company to run Wi-Fi networks in Idaho high schools, …


Idaho school Wi-Fi plan surprises legislators

BOISE – Idaho state schools chief Tom Luna is about to sign a 15-year, multimillion-dollar contract for a private company to set up Wi-Fi networks in every high school in …


Luna plans 15-year wireless contract, lawmakers aghast

Idaho state schools chief Tom Luna is about to sign a 15-year, multimillion-dollar sole-source contract for a private firm to set up WiFi networks in every high school in the …


Idaho schools superintendent dismisses adding counselors

BOISE – Idaho lawmakers are unhappy that the state’s schools superintendent has resisted moves to add more school counselors. More counselors equals more students continuing their education at colleges or …


Lawmakers bemoan Idaho’s shortage of school counselors

Idaho lawmakers are unhappy that the state’s schools superintendent has resisted moves to add more school counselors to help boost the number of students going on to higher education.


Idaho education boss seeks higher standards

Idaho’s education chief made the case Thursday for moving forward with higher academic standards for public schools, saying the state must better prepare students for college, trade schools and the …


Luna urges 3 percent more for schools

BOISE – A humbled Idaho schools Superintendent Tom Luna told state lawmakers Thursday that regardless of how it’s done, he wants Idaho to keep investing in teacher pay and classroom …


School boards push for reforms

BOISE – Idaho school boards plan to press for laws that revive controversial school reforms that voters rejected in November. Among the provisions sought by the Idaho School Boards Association: …


Otter cites poll showing support for portions of Props 1, 2, 3

BOISE – Leaders of the campaign to defeat Idaho’s controversial school reform laws are warning against bringing back pieces of the voter-rejected laws in Idaho’s upcoming legislative session. In a …


Foes warn against reviving Idaho school reform laws

Leaders of the campaign to defeat Idaho’s controversial “Students Come First” school reform laws are warning against bringing back pieces of the voter-rejected laws in Idaho’s upcoming legislative session, though …


Idaho ed board repeals online class obligation

BOISE – It was Idaho Superintendent of Schools Tom Luna himself who proposed Monday that the state Board of Education repeal the rule requiring that every Idaho student take at …


Idaho repeals online graduation requirement

It was Idaho Superintendent of Schools Tom Luna himself who made the motion at the state Board of Education this morning to repeal the rule requiring that every Idaho high …


Idaho Board of Education examining how to proceed

BOISE – Nearly two weeks after Idaho voters turned aside the state’s controversial Students Come First education reforms, the Board of Education on Monday will decide whether to modify or …


Ill-fated teacher bonuses patchy

Idaho on Tuesday revealed which schools made the cut under a pay-for-performance system rejected by voters a week earlier. The controversial merit pay law pushed by the state schools superintendent, …


Luna accepts reform rejection

BOISE – A subdued Tom Luna, Idaho state superintendent of schools, pledged Monday to work with all sides to bring back only the pieces of his voter-rejected “Students Come First” …


Subdued Luna pledges collaboration on school reform

A somewhat subdued Tom Luna, Idaho state superintendent of schools, pledged today to work with stakeholders to bring back only the pieces of his voter-rejected “Students Come First” school reform …


Otter says he, Luna ready to talk about fixing education

BOISE – After Idaho voters decisively rejected the Students Come First school reform laws on Tuesday, leaders on both sides were calling Wednesday for a new start on education reform. …


Idaho school reform foes call for new start

After Idaho voters decisively rejected the “Students Come First” school reform laws on Tuesday, leaders on both sides were calling Wednesday for a new start on education reforms in Idaho, …


Otter appears in pro-reform ad

BOISE – The latest campaign ad in Idaho’s school reform fight features Gov. Butch Otter endorsing Propositions 1, 2 and 3 in a positive, feel-good message. “Education in Idaho is …


Former Idaho official would play key role under laptop contract

A former Idaho state official now with Education Networks of America would play a key role under the state’s $182 million, eight-year contract for laptop computers for high school students.


Idaho liable for damaged, lost laptops under contract

BOISE – Idaho’s newly inked $182 million, eight-year contract with Hewlett-Packard Co. for laptop computers for its high school students contains a surprising feature – the state won’t actually own …


Idaho’s $182M laptop contract just for rental, not purchase

Idaho’s newly inked $182 million, eight-year contract with Hewlett-Packard Co. for laptop computers for its high school students contains a surprising feature: The state won’t actually own the computers, and …


Ad charges school reform laws hamper teachers

The latest campaign commercial opposing Idaho’s school reform ballot measures draws on a variety of criticisms of the measures to suggest they hamper teachers in doing their jobs. “We want …


Numbers correct, cause unclear in ad opposing Idaho Props 1, 2 and 3

BOISE – The latest TV campaign commercial from opponents of Idaho’s school reform propositions focuses on the number of Idaho teachers who have left the profession since the laws passed …


Campaign ad hits Idaho teacher departures

The latest TV campaign commercial from opponents of Idaho’s school reform propositions focuses on the number of Idaho teachers who have left the profession since the laws passed in 2011. …


HP wins Idaho laptop contract

BOISE – Two weeks before the November election, in which Idaho voters could cancel the whole program, the state of Idaho on Tuesday signed a $180 million, eight-year contract with …


Idaho awards $180M school laptop contract to H-P

Two weeks before the November election, in which Idaho voters could cancel the whole program, the state of Idaho today signed a $180 million, eight-year contract with Hewlett-Packard to supply …


Latest school reform ad charges kids treated as ‘widgets’

The latest TV campaign commercial from opponents of the education reform propositions on Idaho’s November ballot focuses on Proposition 2, the teacher merit-pay measure, suggesting that Idaho’s state schools superintendent …