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Will lawmakers put more money into school tech pilots?

From the North Idaho college town of Moscow to the small southeast Idaho town of Dayton, 11 Idaho schools are only a few months into their technology pilot projects.

But in January, when lawmakers from around the state convene in Boise, they may have to decide whether they want to put more money into more pilots.

Lawmakers will have some anecdotal evidence from the field, but test results may be scarce. Lawmakers will, however, have a $3 million funding request from Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna — money that could be used for additional pilots.

Of course, that’s just a request. Luna says $3 million might not be enough to satisfy lawmakers who want to fund a “considerable” classroom technology upgrade. A $3 million request would not be a “slam dunk,” Senate Education Committee Chairman John Goedde said, since some lawmakers may not be convinced that a second round of pilots is necessary.

And then there’s Gov. Butch Otter. On Jan. 6, Otter presents his own budget proposal  — one that might or might not mirror Luna’s request to boost K-12 spending by 5.4 percent.

Here’s a link to my full story at Idaho Education News.

Kevin Richert is a reporter and blogger at Idaho Education News ( Kevin is a former Statesman editorial page editor, with 27 year's experience in Idaho journalism.

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