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Education Reform Group Hires Consultant

(AP) - A group working to overturn Idaho's new education reforms has hired an out-of-state consultant who last November helped repeal a hotly debated Ohio law limiting collective bargaining.  David Williams is working on the Idaho campaign aimed at repealing laws that restrict teacher bargaining and require students to take online courses.

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State Seeks More College Grads

(AP) - The state Board of Education is gathering input from the public on a campaign to double the number of Idaho adults between the ages of 25 and 34 with a college degree or certificate. Trustees are expected to review the Complete College Idaho plan at a June meeting. Board spokeswoman Marilyn Whitney says trustees will first accept public comments through May 15.

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Idaho Begins Bidding Process For Laptops For Teachers/Students

(AP) Idaho has started accepting bids for a contract to provide every high school student and teacher with a laptop, or similar mobile computer. Suppliers have until May 25 to submit their pitches, according to a request for proposals issued by the state Division of Purchasing.

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U of I, IBOE, Deny Liability In Lawsuit

(AP)   The University of Idaho and the state Board of Education are denying allegations made against them in a lawsuit filed by a former student who fell out of a fraternity house window  in 2009. Lawyers for the university and state board recently filed responses in the lawsuit brought by Amanda  Andaverde of Caldwell and her parents.

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Idaho School Supt. To Testify In D.C. On “No Child Left Behind”

(AP) - Public schools chief Tom Luna is expected to testify later this week before a U.S. House committee on efforts to overhaul the nation's governing education law. Meanwhile, state lawmakers are urging Congress to repeal No Child Left Behind, which expects every child to be at grade level in math and reading by 2014.

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Idaho Changing System For Evaluating Schools

(AP) - Idaho plans to adopt a new grading system for public schools while seeking a federal waiver to get around provisions of the No Child Left Behind education law. Under the state Department of Education's new accountability system, Idaho will use a five-star scale to evaluate and recognize schools.

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Task Force Recommends Changes to Tech Education Plan

A statewide task force has approved more than 50 recommendations on how Idaho should implement education changes that will phase in laptops for every high school teacher and student while making online courses a requirement to graduate. The task force was created in May as part of sweeping new education changes backed by public schools chief Tom Luna. The group is charged with

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Idaho BOE OK’s Online Credit Requirements

(AP) Idaho is set to become first state in the nation to require high school students to take at least two credits online to graduate. The state Board of Education gave the online education requirement final approval Thursday, despite heavy criticism of the plan at public hearings this summer.

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IBOE Considers Online Credit Requirement Thursday

Idaho would become the first state to require students to take at least two credits online under a plan headed to education officials for final approval.

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“Students Come First” Law Goes Before Judge Hansen

(AP) The debate over the education reform plan for Idaho continues, moving now into the courtroom. A district judge is considering whether one of the "Students Come First" laws might be unconstitutional. 

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