Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter joined State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna today in announcing that HP – one of Idaho’s largest private employers – will be the State’s mobile computing devices contractor under the “Students Come First” education reforms.
The Governor and Superintendent
joined HP executives and employees at the company’s Boise campus to announce
the agreement and demonstrate the HP Probook Notebooks that will be deployed to
students in every Idaho public high school. The partnership joins the Idaho
Education Network – which now extends broadband Internet connectivity to high
schools through Idaho – as tools in helping students reach their full academic
“If we use yesterday’s education
system for today’s children, we deny them the promise of tomorrow. That’s why
I’m pleased and proud to see that a hometown company employing thousands of
Idaho people and with a deep commitment to Idaho’s future is engaged and in
fact leading the way in the effort to provide a world-class education for every
Idaho student,” Governor Otter said. “We’re growing our partnership with HP,
and together with our valued teachers and administrators we look forward to
meeting the challenges of preparing our young people for continuing their
educations and competing effectively in the global marketplace.”
The eight-year, $180 million
contract between the State Department of Education and HP covers implementing
the wireless network, deploying the mobile devices, monitoring and maintaining
the system and devices, and training teachers and staff. That breaks down to
less than $300 per student and teacher.
While the agreement still depends
on voters approving Proposition 3 on the November 6th ballot,
Superintendent Luna said today’s announcement marks an important step toward
reaching Idaho’s education reform goals.
“Idaho now joins thousands of other schools and
states in offering this opportunity to its students,” Superintendent Luna said.
“With this device, broadband Internet in every high school and the expansion of
a wireless learning environment to every classroom, Idaho is finally on a path
to providing equal access to the best educational opportunities to every
student, no matter where a child lives in our great state.”