School broadband flap: two quick hits

A couple of quick and noteworthy links on the Idaho Education Network broadband contract story:

Graduation problems? Fifty-seven of Declo High School’s 84 seniors are counting on the broadband network for a math class required to graduate, principal Roland Bott told Kimberlee Kruesi of the Associated Press. If the school loses its broadband service, he fears students will not be able to get their diplomas on time.

“I just feel bad that young people’s lives are potentially at risk because adults made wrong choices,” Bott told Kruesi. “I don’t think that’s fair. And we can’t be the only school to be going through this.”

Network spokeswoman Camille Wells said she did not know of any plans to pull broadband infrastructure, but said it’s possible.

Latest on the legal bills. Idaho’s legal costs for defending the 2009 broadband contract are approaching the $1 million mark, Betsy Russell of the Spokane Spokesman-Review reported Thursday. The taxpayer cost now sits at $874,774.67, with a risk management share totaling $89,901.33.

Kevin Richert

Kevin Richert

Senior reporter and blogger Kevin Richert specializes in education politics and education policy. He has more than 30 years of experience in Idaho journalism. He is a frequent guest on "Idaho Reports" on Idaho Public Television and "Idaho Matters" on Boise State Public Radio. Follow Kevin on Twitter: @KevinRichert. He can be reached at [email protected]

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