Schools promised money to shop for Wi-Fi

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Lawmakers on the Legislature's joint budget committee say Idaho school districts that opted not to join a statewide contract for high school Wi-Fi services should qualify for state funding for their own Wi-Fi networks.

The Spokesman-Review reports that the Joint Finance-Appropriation Committee also on Friday gave districts that joined the contract the choice to withdraw and also get state funding for their own Wi-Fi networks.

The vote was 15-5.

The state is planning to conduct a service audit to see what services are being provided where and for what cost.

The Education Department says 203 Idaho schools signed up for Education Networks of America Wi-Fi, part of a five-year contract that public schools chief Tom Luna hopes will boost classroom use of technology.