State taking bids for laptop computers

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by KTVB.COM

Associated Press

Posted on April 17, 2012 at 9:04 AM

BOISE -- Idaho has started accepting bids for a contract to provide every high school student and teacher with a laptop, or similar mobile computer.
 
Suppliers have until May 25 to submit their pitches, according to a request for proposals issued by the state Division of Purchasing. The 85-page document was obtained by The Associated Press through a public records request.

Idaho is phasing in laptops while making online classes a requirement to graduate, under reforms authored by public schools chief Tom Luna.

A task force created to help implement Luna's changes recommended the device come in the form of a laptop. That recommendation is mentioned, but not a requirement in the request for proposals that was issued last Wednesday.

The document includes a description of what should be in the device.

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