The state will rebid its disputed Idaho Education Network broadband contract — but in the meantime, districts may be pursuing their own funding to keep their schools wired.
The scramble for dollars will likely keep lawmakers and local school administrators busy at least until late March.
On Monday morning — and before today’s official launch of the 2015 legislative session — the committee overseeing the broadband project met to discuss money and legal strategy.
The committee was told the state cannot expect to receive project funds from a Federal Communications Commission contractor unless it rebids its network contract, which has been locked in a legal dispute since 2009.
Former state Sen. John Goedde, hired by Gov. Butch Otter to work on the state’s broadband contract debacle.
“I believe we’re working in that direction,” said John Goedde, the former Senate Education Committee chairman hired by Gov. Butch Otter to help untangle the state’s Gordian knot of broadband funding and legal issues.
For more about today's developments — and how this affects districts — here's a link to my story at Idaho Education News.