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Idaho voters reject Luna's laptop and online law

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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho voters rejected the technology centerpiece of public schools chief Tom Luna's education overhaul.

With two-thirds of precincts counted, 66 percent of voters panned Luna's proposal to spend $180 million to lease laptops for high school students and create online-class mandates.

At about 2 a.m., the two other parts of Luna's so-called "Students Come First" laws were also trailing.

About 56 percent of votes counted so far went against limits on teachers' collective bargaining rights, while 57 percent of voters panned Luna's plan for merit pay.

The laws were passed by the 2011 Legislature, but prompted an immediate outcry from foes contending they were forced on teachers against their will.

Luna, who maintains his ambitious overhaul is necessary to modernize Idaho schools, declined to comment until the vote was official.

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