education

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. Two-thirds of voters panned Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna's plan to spend $180 m…
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. Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna celebrated the waiver Wednesday, saying it marks a great day for Idaho teachers, s…
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. Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna is already fighting at the ballot box on Nov...
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. Education Voters of Idaho collected at least $200,000 to promote L…
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...
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. State Rep...
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 hig…
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 barg…
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 W…
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 broug…
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 …
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 educa…
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.
Idaho Considers Federal Grant For Education.
Idaho is among states eyeing a $500 million federal grant competition to improve preschool education programs.  But how exactly the money could be spent in Idaho, which does not fund a statewide pre-K program, remains uncertain as officials wait for the U...

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