In what may be the largest cash gift to a school system from a private foundation, the Idaho Department of Education has been hit by an $80 million windfall to outfit its schools in state-of-the-art technology.

The sum represents the largest chunk of a $110 million gift to "energize" Idaho education programs given by the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation, founded in 1966 by the successful grocery store family.

Foundation trustees approved the plan at a board meeting on May 21. The remainder of the noncompetitive grant will support student...

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