On Wednesday, State Board of Education members and staff hailed the education microgrant program’s successes — and new safeguards designed to prevent problems that have plagued the program’s launch.
The four court motions represent the State Board of Education’s most concerted push against Attorney General Raúl Labrador’s lawsuit.
And questions linger after a representative from Odyssey, the contracted company charged with running Empowering Parents’ online platform, met with the panel Thursday.
Sen. Lori Den Hartog gave a synopsis of the program’s original intent, and the group addressed private school tuition, homeschool co-op fees and public school fees.
Idaho’s four college and university presidents spent about $150,000 traveling, over a 12-month span. The head of the State Board of Education defended the practice. A key legislator is skeptical.
The invoices are heavily redacted. But it appears that much of Hawley Troxell’s work stems from the U of I’s controversial bid to buy the University of Phoenix.
The University of Idaho has said it began looking at a University of Phoenix purchase in March, when the for-profit online giant “approached” U of I officials. But that timetable is inaccurate and incomplete.