Idaho State's Vailas: Keep boosting education technology in K-12

Idaho State University President Arthur Vailas made his annual appearance to the House Education Committee Tuesday and said ISU is moving forward with online education and requires online experience in hiring new faculty.

Asked what the state should do with about $31 million left on the table by repeal of the "Students Come First" laws, Vailas said the state should expand its investment in technology across the state, particularly in the smallest and most rural schools.

Vailas said the future includes digital and distance learning.

"Money is very influential in changing minds," he said, winning laughs from the committee.

Vailas also earned a wry smile from Education Committee Chairman Reed DeMordaunt, R-Eagle, whose name Vailas repeatedly mispronounced, "DeMondrant." Later, Vailas corrected the pronunciation. At the close of Vailas' testimony, DeMordaunt complimented him for the good work being done at ISU.