Putting Education Reform To The Test

Why Idaho Rejected Online Learning Requirements (And A Big Laptop Contract)

Our colleagues at StateImpact Idaho asked voters why they said no to a state laws requiring, among other things, two online courses to graduate high schoool and purchasing laptop computers for every student in the state. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush helped raise money to keep the three education laws.

“I think that a lot of Idahoans resented the idea of replacing teachers in the classroom with online courses,” says Andrus Center for Public Policy Director David Adler. “Secondly, I think there was a lot of concern about the cost to the state of purchasing or leasing the laptops.”

Idahoans are, after all, a fiscally conservative bunch. And when, two weeks ago, the governor and Hewlett-Packard executives announced that HP had won the contract to provide laptops to every Idaho high school student and teacher, voters seemed to focus not on the prospect of supporting Boise’s tech sector, but on the price tag.

Read more at: stateimpact.npr.org

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