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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 Idaho high schools, is currently funded by federal dollars and a $6 million grant from the Albertsons Foundation. The IEN…

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 with universities and businesses called the Idaho Education Network (IEN). Idaho Fourth District Court Judge Patrick Owen threw out Syringa’s…

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 the telecommunications company Qwest and Education Networks of America (ENA), which had partnered with Syringa on a bid.  Not getting…

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 they will earn both college and high school credits, through courses taken using the Idaho Education Network (IEN), which provides…

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 reject legislation approved by the Idaho House and Senate, and only the second full legislative session since 1959 that hasn’t…

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 public instruction.  The superintendent would sit on the council that oversees IEN, the Idaho Education Network Program and Resources Advisory…

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 were part of the decision by lawmakers to approve funding for IEN March 25. “There has been a lot of…

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 schools and colleges and provide flexibility in delivering curriculum to students.  The bill, which came out of the Joint Finance-Appropriations…

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 (IEN) is designed to increase high-speed Internet access and broaden course offerings at Idaho public high schools.  Lawmakers on the…

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 $79.6 million from reserves to balance the next state budget. “This is just another key step in balancing our budget,”…

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