A foundation created by the late grocery magnate Joe Albertson and his wife is offering Idaho schools $35 million to create a statewide student information system (SIS). Trouble is, the initiative calls for all schools to use the same software—and that frustrates some educators who've already made significant investments in other programs.

The network would connect all schools in the state to provide data for parents, teachers, students, administrators, lawmakers, and the public. Idaho has no such statewide SIS, but it would become one of the first states in the country to establish one. ...

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