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With no state grant, Paul school seeks plan B for its iPad program

When 11 Idaho schools received a share of $3 million in state technology grants Monday, one school was conspicuously absent from the list.

Paul Elementary School began using iPads in kindergarten through fifth-grade classes in November, through a privately funded pilot program. But the rural school failed to make the cut — joining 69 other schools that did not receive grants.

Paul first graders II
A first-grade class in Paul Elementary School.

On Tuesday, principal Colleen Johnson said she was disappointed with the news, but said she is weighing options for the school and its 465 students. “I’m determined to do something, because it would be a shame to move backwards.”

For more details, here’s a link to my story at Idaho Education News.

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

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