(BOISE, ID) — Thirty school districts and two charter schools across Idaho will be the first to achieve 1:1 ratios of laptop devices to students and teachers in the next two years, Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna announced Tuesday. The 1:1 initiative is a part of the bold Students Come First laws, which are comprehensively changing Idaho’s education system to ensure every student graduates from high school prepared to go on to post-secondary education or the workforce without the need for remediation.
Four of the school districts selected to deploy 1:1 devices for high school students in the first round, beginning in Fall 2013, are in the Idaho Falls area. Bonneville Joint School District, Fremont Joint School District, Idaho Falls School District, and Sugar-Salem School District have all been selected.
“This is an exciting day for schools all across Idaho,” Superintendent Luna said. “Reaching a one-to-one ratio of students and teachers to laptop devices in every public high school is just one part of the Students Come First laws. Idaho schools now join thousands of schools across the United States in creating 21st century classrooms where learning opportunities are limitless and will provide equal access to the best educational opportunities for every student – no matter where they live.”
Tom joined Tim Lewis on IMN Wednesday to talk further about this important announcement.
Hear Tom and Tim, HERE: [audio:http://www.eastidahonews.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/Tom-Luna-June-6.mp3|titles=Tom Luna June 6]
Peter Valdes-Dapena, CNN
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