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State Makes Computer Deal with HP

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — State officials say they have awarded an eight-year, $180 million contract to Hewlett-Packard to supply Idaho high school students and teachers with laptop computers as part of the Students Come First education overhaul

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Teachers Laptops will be Late

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho teachers likely won't have laptops for months. The Spokesman-Review reports the state won't have the computers in instructors' hands on schedule. Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna is already fighting at the ballot box on Nov

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Secretary of State Wants Names of Beneficiaries

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Secretary of State Ben Ysursa says he's likely to demand that a group helping finance the campaign to save Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna's education reforms reveal its contributors

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Luna Blames Out of State Efforts for Education Reform Resistance

(KLIX)- The campaign for the "Vote No on Proposition 1,2,3" got underway this week. The group aimed at pushing back State Superintendent Tom Luna’s Students Come First reform laws. The group says the laws approved last year are bad for students, teacher, an

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Schools Will Soon Get Laptops

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - A mix of large and small school districts will be first in line when Idaho starts phasing in  laptops for every 9th through 12th grader. The list obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press includes big districts like Meridian and Boise in southwest Idaho, though they'll be limited on how many high schools get the computer devices.

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Luna Named to Romney Advisory Group

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Idaho's public schools chief has been named to a 19-member group charged with advising Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on education issues.

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Education Reform Group Hires Consultant

(AP) - A group working to overturn Idaho's new education reforms has hired an out-of-state consultant who last November helped repeal a hotly debated Ohio law limiting collective bargaining.  David Williams is working on the Idaho campaign aimed at repealing laws that restrict teacher bargaining and require students to take online courses.

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Idaho School Supt. To Testify In D.C. On “No Child Left Behind”

(AP) - Public schools chief Tom Luna is expected to testify later this week before a U.S. House committee on efforts to overhaul the nation's governing education law. Meanwhile, state lawmakers are urging Congress to repeal No Child Left Behind, which expects every child to be at grade level in math and reading by 2014.

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Luna Asks Law Makers To Boost Teachers Salaries

Public schools chief Tom Luna says money the governor hoped to funnel toward an education reserve fund should instead be used to offset a $19 million reduction in salaries in 2013.  The state is moving the money from salaries to help pay for classroom technology and teacher pay-for-performance as part of Luna's "St

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Idaho Schools In Line For More Money In 2013

State spending on public schools is in line for a $30 million increase under Gov. Otter's proposed budget for next year. Public schools chief Tom Luna wanted at least $60 million of a projected state surplus to go toward public education in the fiscal year that starts July 1.

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