Idaho schools face deadline on tech spending plans

Idaho schools face deadline on tech spending plans

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Idaho schools face deadline on tech spending plans

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by Associated Press

KTVB.COM

Posted on January 5, 2012 at 5:02 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 5 at 5:29 PM

BOISE -- School districts have until Friday to submit plans for spending $13 million Idaho set aside for technology upgrades in the classroom, under a plan that was crafted by public schools chief Tom Luna and signed into law last year.

The state Department of Education says a portion of the money, about $4 million, has already been distributed to Idaho schools. Districts have until Friday to submit plans on how they'll spend the remaining $9 million.

The money was set aside during the 2011 Idaho Legislature to help schools pay for things like Internet access, technology hardware and training for teachers on how to integrate the technology into the classroom.

Luna's changes will eventually phase in laptops for every high school teacher and student while making online courses a graduation requirement.

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