Tag Archives: Idaho Education Network

Schools broadband network could need state funding next year

Idaho taxpayers may soon need to pick up the tab on one of Idaho’s major efforts pairing technology and education, the Idaho Education Network (IEN). The IEN, a statewide program that brings broadband Internet access and some online classes to … Continue reading

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Syringa lawsuit fails second time around

Syringa Networks, a group of Idaho telecommunications companies, lost in court again with its lawsuit against the state of Idaho.  Syringa sued the Department of Administration over the award of a contract to build a broadband network linking public schools … Continue reading

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Judge throws out Syringa lawsuit over education broadband contract

An Idaho district judge has thrown out a lawsuit from Syringa Networks over how Idaho’s Department of Adminsitration awarded the contract for the Idaho Education Network (IEN). Syringa was shut out of IEN when the state awarded the contract to … Continue reading

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Grant will help high schoolers take community college classes online

A grant from the telecommunication company Qwest will help 175 students in high schools connected to Idaho’s broadband network take classes from the College of Southern Idaho (CSI) in Twin Falls.  The 175 students can take a dual-credit course, where … Continue reading

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No vetoes from Otter this year

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter did not pull out his veto pen to reject legislation from lawmakers this year.  He accepted all 359 measures from the Legislature.  It’s the first time since 2006 that a governor hasn’t used a veto to … Continue reading

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IEN oversight headed to Otter

The Idaho Senate Monday approved creating broader oversight for the Idaho Education Network (IEN), which provides high-speed Internet access and more course options to public schools.  The legislation would shift control from the Department of Administration to the superintendent of … Continue reading

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Changes to IEN would give lawmakers, superintendent more oversight

The Senate Education Committee Friday approved changes to oversight for the Idaho Education Network (IEN), a program designed to expand high-speed Internet access in public schools and allow high school students to take a wider array of classes.  The changes … Continue reading

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Idaho Education Network funding gets House approval

An Internet-based education system that sponsors say is responsible for recent increases in concurrent enrollment programs has received funding to continue its operations. The Idaho Education Network (IEN) is the culmination of the state’s efforts to link up Idaho’s high … Continue reading

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JFAC approves funding for Internet program, but wants more oversight

Idaho lawmakers are approving funding to expand the state’s broadband Internet program for public schools, but asking for more oversight on the program that’s facing a lawsuit over how a contract for the program was decided.  The Idaho Education Network … Continue reading

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‘Hypothetical’ state budget balanced by emptying reserve accounts

Idaho budget writers have completed the bulk of their work by balancing state spending and revenues for the next 16 months.  Lawmakers approved transferring $6.2 million from reserve accounts to balance the current budget that ends in June and transferring … Continue reading

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