BOISE, Idaho — An Idaho school official says high school students relying on the Idaho Education Network to complete a state-required math course may not be able to graduate now that the broadband contract is void.
Earlier this week, a judge tossed out Idaho’s $60 million school broadband contract. Fourth District Judge Patrick Owen ruled Tuesday that it wasn’t legally struck.
Declo High School Principal Roland Bott says the ruling has left rural schools like his in limbo. In Declo, 57 seniors are relying on the network to take a math class required to graduate.
Bott says his school, where a little more than 300 students attend, uses the network because they were unable to hire a qualified teacher.
If the network is shut off, Bott says his school has no back-up plan to make sure the seniors graduate.