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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. 6 to save his education overhaul that included the computers. He had wanted to have 6,000 devices in high school teachers’ and administrators’ hands by October. But that’s not going happen, says Melissa McGrath, Luna’s spokeswoman. What went wrong? Already once this year, too few bidders vied for the $100 million contract. Now, direct negotiations with suppliers in hopes of getting a competitive deal for Idaho aren’t proceeding as quickly as Luna once hoped. If voters repeal the laptop program early next month, however, any computer deal struck would be invalid.

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