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An Idaho school district will hand out nearly 2,000 laptops as the first phase of a personalized learning initiative.

KTVB-TV reports the Nampa School District will issue the Dell Latitude laptops to Columbia High School students this week. The computers can be used at school and at home.

The laptops are part of a three-year, $3.5 million project to modernize classroom technology and curriculum. It will also feature professional development for teachers.

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Hewlett Packard now has an eight year $180 million contract to get laptops into the hands of Idaho high school students and teachers.  This meets part of the requirements outlined in the Students Come First education laws. Tuesday's announcement comes two weeks before voters decide whether those laws will stay on the books.

Every Idaho high school student and teacher will get an HP ProBook computer.

The state announced Tuesday that Hewlett Packard will supply the laptops required by the state’s Students Come First laws.

Idaho Has To Haggle With Potential Computer Suppliers

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About 6,500 Idaho high school teachers are scheduled to get laptops this fall as part of the state’s Students Come First education laws. All the state's high school students will then get computers over the next few years. But the state still doesn’t know who will provide all that hardware along with the training and maintenance. Last week the state had to change its tactics for finding a provider after it failed to get enough qualified bidders.

High school students in 32 Idaho districts will get laptops next year . Tuesday Idaho’s Department of Education announced the first round of districts to get one computer per student. Idaho’s two largest districts, Meridian and Boise were chosen and so were seven other Treasure Valley districts. The computers are mandated by the state’s Students Come First laws.

Some Idaho School Districts Get First Round Of Laptops

Jun 5, 2012

The Idaho Department of Education announced Tuesday that high school students at 32 school districts will get laptops in the fall of 2013. Nine of those districts are in the Treasure Valley. 

This is the first round of school districts to get laptops under Idaho’s Students Come First education laws. Those mandated a ratio of one mobile computer per high school student.

The state’s two largest districts, Meridian and Boise, as well as Vallivue and Kuna are part of this first rollout. All the state’s high school teachers will get a laptop this fall.