Over objections of state schools superintendent Marilyn Howard, Idaho's Board of Education has inked a second component of a computerized-instruction program from PLATO Learning Inc., of Bloomington, Minn. The total package is worth nearly $22 million.

On July 15, PLATO Learning snagged a new contract worth $5.03 million to provide Idaho public schools with a computerized program that will help struggling students pass the state's mandatory high school graduation test. In January, Idaho signed a $16.8 million contract with PLATO Learning to provide software and support for Idaho's statewide computerized student information system. ...

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