BOISE -- State officials negotiating with computer suppliers to arm every high school teacher and student with a laptop under Idaho's contested education reforms say they're still on track to get the program started this fall.
The laptops are a cornerstone of public schools chief Tom Luna's "Students Come First" reforms, which go before voters in November. But the plan to arm teachers with the devices first, during the upcoming school year, hit a snag last month.
That's when Idaho officials abandoned the original bidding process meant to provide the devices, citing insufficient competition. As a result, the state Department of Administration is negotiating directly with providers of computers and services.
Late last week, the agency reported negotiations were proceeding as planned and they're still on track for the laptops this fall.