U of I officials say the acquisition promises a cash infusion of $10 million or more a year. Meanwhile, the U of I would guarantee up to $10 million a year to backstop bond payments on the purchase.
Some of the federally funded grants may have been used to cover ineligible purchases — such as clothes, TVs, smart watches or household cleaning items. And it’s not clear whether the state can get its money back.
It was tough getting Idaho Launch through the Legislature. And it will be tough getting the ambitious but controversial workforce training program off the ground.
The program, one of Gov. Brad Little’s top education priorities, would allow high school graduates to receive up to $8,000 to attend community college, pursue a career-technical education certificate or complete workforce training.
The quick soundbite: All four of Idaho’s four-year schools picked up enrollment this fall. But below the surface, there’s a lot more to the story.
A $1.5 million contract went to a New York-based vendor who was not the state’s low bidder, and has never run a similar project in any other state, according to public records obtained by Idaho Education News.