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Posted: Tuesday, July 31, 2012 12:19 pm

BOISE (AP) — State officials negotiating with computer suppliers to arm every high school teacher and student with a laptop under Idaho's contested education reforms say they're still on track to get the program started this fall.

The laptops are a cornerstone of public schools chief Tom Luna's "Students Come First" reforms, which go before voters in November. But the plan to arm teachers with the devices first, during the upcoming school year, hit a snag last month.

That's when Idaho officials abandoned the original bidding process meant to provide the devices, citing insufficient competition. As a result, the state Department of Administration is negotiating directly with providers of computers and services.

Late last week, the agency reported negotiations were proceeding as planned and they're still on track for the laptops this fall.

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  • my own opinion posted at 10:29 pm on Sat, Aug 4, 2012.

    my own opinion Posts: 397

    With all the taxes paid to the district what will you ask for now to obtain these Laptop Computers? it would be funny if more or all kids just went home school (maybe use the new K-12 online school) and leave the begging over taxing public schools to wiggle on their back unable to turn their fat selves over!

  • Old Hayden posted at 8:01 am on Wed, Aug 1, 2012.

    Old Hayden Posts: 33

    Can't do an open and above board bid for computers? Can't do an open and above board insurance exchange? What else can't they do that's hidden from public view? Power corrupts and absolute Republican domination in Idaho corrupts absolutely!

  • apple123 posted at 5:01 pm on Tue, Jul 31, 2012.

    apple123 Posts: 17

    My guess this is smoke and mirrors from team Luna. Schools will be starting the end of August and if the computers are not even ordered they will not be in place this fall.

  • voxpop posted at 1:20 pm on Tue, Jul 31, 2012.

    voxpop Posts: 738

    Or better yet, by far, wait to purchase until after the Nov election. The legislature's support for public ed is so lame as it is, schools can't afford to waste money on laptops that will sit in a warehouse until they all turn up missing.

  • SamuelStanding posted at 1:05 pm on Tue, Jul 31, 2012.

    SamuelStanding Posts: 571

    So if this is on track, schools should have already received lap tops, so inventories could be recorded. Serial numbers assigned to specific buildings and then assigned to students, correct? If the agreements have not been met and shipments not yet occurring, I would say Luna and his group have missed the mark! Just because you sign a document/agreement, does not mean production can be met and shipments on time! August is a month where college students are also upgrading or purchasing laptops-do you not think this is a large number to hit Dell, Apple or other distributors?
    Get your program in gear, or go home Luna!

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