State Department of Education

Quarles named state’s chief deputy

State superintendent Tom Luna selected the former teacher, principal, superintendent and professor to assist with K-12 policy and practices.

Winning WiFi bidder touts Idaho, political ties

A centerpiece in the Education Networks of America bid was its work on the Idaho Education Network, a broadband connection project. But an undercurrent in the bid was the Nashville, Tenn.-based company’s connections in Idaho political circles.

School star ratings appeals up sharply

In all, 159 schools are appealing their scores on the state’s centerpiece rating system — a one- to five-star scale measuring student performance and improvement. Scores will likely be released in August.

Does anybody need a free computer?

Have you ever wondered what becomes of surplus office equipment around the state Department of Education? Well, now you know.

Eleven schools share $3 million tech grants

The grant recipients, announced Monday, were chosen from a field of 81 applicants. “It was very, very competitive,” Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna said Monday.