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March 12, 2014

Statewide 1-to-1 Computing Initiatives Face a Long, Slow, Difficult Journey

State efforts to put a digital device in the hands of every student are proving to be more difficult than many ed-tech advocates might have expected.

February 26, 2014

Idaho Lawmakers Put Up Millions to Keep State Broadband Network Running

A state budget committee has agreed to pay $6.6 million to prevent a school Internet network from being shut down amid a legal dispute.

February 26, 2014

Charter School Advocate Offers Three Ways to Help Rural Schools

Charter school advocate offers three strategies for improving rural schools.

February 21, 2014

Idaho's Double-Testing Waiver: A Precedent for California?

The U.S. Department of Education is allowing Idaho to give only common-core-aligned field tests to students this spring, which means no achievement data will be produced for parents, educators, and the public.

January 27, 2014

Idaho K-12 Chief Tom Luna Announces He Won't Seek Another Term in 2014

In not seeking a third term, Luna said he hopes that his decision means policy recommendations from a state task force stand a better chance of survival.

December 23, 2013

Tom Luna of Idaho Joins Chiefs for Change; Second New Member in December

A strong supporter of the common core, Luna becomes the second current elected Republican superintendent to join Chiefs for Change, along with Oklahoma's Janet Barresi.

September 11, 2013

Tom Luna Regrets Focus on Vote-Counting in Idaho K-12 Overhaul

Tom Luna expressed regret over his political approach to his signature 2011 K-12 laws that were overturned in the 2012 elections.

August 09, 2013

Engaging Online Idaho School Gains Top Marks

When we saw that Idaho Distance Education Academy (I-DEA) had earned 5 stars--top on Idaho's school ranking system--we called director Jason Bransford to learn more. We found a story worth sharing.

August 08, 2013

Idaho Wireless Contract Stirs Controversy

Most eligible schools in Idaho have signed on to participate in a state-wide Wi-Fi contract, despite state lawmakers' concerns about how the deal was arranged by state schools chief Tom Luna.

April 01, 2013

Idaho Charters Receive Facilities Funding from State

Lawmakers in Idaho have passed a bill that will provide facilities funding for charter schools in the state.

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