Idaho House OKs $3M installment for education network

The Idaho House has backed revamping oversight of a $60 million statewide education broadband system.

The House approved a measure to spend the Idaho Education Network’s next $3 million installment, a donation from the private J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation.

Under the plan, the 13-member Idaho Education Network Program and Resource Advisory Council must bolster contract monitoring of the network; provide quarterly reports to lawmakers starting July 1; and scrutinize companies’ efforts to connect schools over the network’s “last mile” of telecommunication infrastructure for the best price.

The plan also foresees Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna becoming the council’s sole chairman and dumping provisions that currently give administrative oversight of the network to the Department of Administration.

The Idaho Education Network now connects 56 schools.

The budget plan heads to the Senate.  (AP, IdahoReporter.com)

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