Kevin Richert is an award-winning journalist with 27 years of experience reporting on education and government. Most of his professional career has been spent in Idaho.
Idaho taxpayers picked up about two-thirds of the costs for an instructional management system that may end up in mothballs.
A day after passing the House, a far-reaching tax bill is quickly killed in the Senate.
The failed bill would have created a new state panel to help rural school districts secure high-speed Internet.
The omnibus bill passed over the objections of House Democrats, who said the plan would undermine the state’s commitment to fund teacher pay raises.
The Secure Rural Schools program brought $7.2 million into Idaho schools in 2013-14. Rep. Mike Simpson supported an extension; Rep. Raul Labrador opposed it.
The new National Education Association study reaffirms a recurring point in the teacher pay debate: Idaho salaries lag behind neighboring states.
A newly released state report blames “poor management, poor decisions and poor system functionality” for the troubled Schoolnet rollout.