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Education reform laptop measure stirs funding debate

Education reform laptop measure stirs funding debate

Mitch Coffman
August 24, 2012

The battle over the Students Come First educational reform package passed by the 2011 Idaho Legislature won't be resolved until three ballot measures are voted on in the November election, but the fight is already on, says a story in the Idaho Press-Tribune.

Opponents of the reforms say a laptop program is an unfunded mandate that will eventually cost schools millions of dollars. But the article points out that the Legislature did appropriate $2.5 million for the program. In addition, a spokesman for the state education department says the laws are now on the books in Idaho, thus requiring the state's lawmakers to fund the program.



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