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Alternative, Virtual Schools Lower Idaho’s Graduation Rates

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho officials say alternative and virtual charter high schools are dragging down the state's graduation rate.

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When Does 2015/2016 School Start in Twin Falls?

Last year, some of you commented that you weren't happy with the start day being moved up to the 25th. This year, school starts a full five days earlier that that.

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Commentary: Baltimore Burns

A teenager interviewed on TV says, “In Baltimore it’s a dog eat dog world!”  I was watching the webstream from WBAL-TV on Monday night as a massive one-acre sized building burned in the background...

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New App Created by Twin Falls Couple

We all worry about what our kids see and read online, but I was shocked to learn that books for older kids may contain profanity.

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Is Your Child Ready for Kindergarten?

I know it seems a little early to talk about kindergarten but, some schools are already beginning enrollment for the 2015-2016 school year.

Children are required to go into kindergarten with certain tasks already learned. If you are older than 25, you probably went into kindergarten with little to no education. You may have known your colors and the ABC's but anything beyond that was rare.

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Idaho Education Board Proposes Big Raise for Teachers

The State Board of Education wants to give Idaho teachers a big raise, but it's not a done deal, yet.  A couple years ago, the Governor's Task Force on Education, a bipartisan group of stakeholders from across the state, said Idaho was losing too many teachers to other states and professions with higher wages...

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Watch How This Rude Law Professor “Educates” Students

If there's one thing you can say about politics, it certainly brings out the best in people.

As you can see in the above video, a political "debate" went awry when a University of Oregon Professor physically pushed two students subsequent to making "racists remarks" towards them...

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Twin Falls Police Department Accepting Applicants for Citizens Academy

The Twin Falls Police Department is accepting applications for the Citizens Academy, which will provide citizens with an in-depth and behind the scenes look at what it takes to protect the City of Twin Falls.

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Teachers Will Still Get Merit Pay

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho teachers will still get about $38 million in merit-pay bonuses this year, despite voters' rejection of public schools chief Tom Luna's education overhaul...

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Gov. Otter Not Discouraged Over Election Results

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter says he's not discouraged by Tuesday's defeat of Idaho's education overhaul because it's how the system works...

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Idaho Given Break on No Child Left Behind Law

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. Department of Education has finally granted Idaho a waiver from some of the toughest provisions in the federal No Child Left Behind law...

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Teachers Laptops will be Late

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho teachers likely won't have laptops for months. The Spokesman-Review reports the state won't have the computers in instructors' hands on schedule...

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Secretary of State Wants Names of Beneficiaries

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Secretary of State Ben Ysursa says he's likely to demand that a group helping finance the campaign to save Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna's education reforms reveal its contributors...

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Law Suit Filed Against Idaho Education Grows

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A lawsuit over Idaho's system of funding public schools is growing, with the former school superintendent who is pressing the case reviving the claims made in another lawsuit that plodded through Idaho's courts for 15 years...

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Gov. Otter Adds to Education Campaign

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - A retiring state lawmaker has joined Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter's campaign to retain new education laws that limit collective bargaining while phasing laptops into the classroom and making online learning a requirement...

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Idaho College Graduation Increasing

Idaho ranks near the bottom, among U.S. states, for sending people to college and those students getting their degrees. Experts say that drags down the entire state's economy, but that could be changing. Every seat was filled at Taco Bell Arena on Saturday as Boise State University graduated the highest number of students ever. More than 2,400 degrees were handed out, which is a good sign, according to president of the State Board of Education, Ken Edmunds.

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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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