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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. The Idaho attorney general says the failure at the polls shouldn't affect the payout...
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…
State Makes Computer Deal with HP
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — State officials say they have awarded an eight-year, $180 million contract to Hewlett-Packard to supply Idaho high school students and teachers with laptop computers as part of the Students Come First education overhaul...
Teacher Bonus Info Released
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The state Department of Education has posted data online telling school districts which teachers have earned a bonus under a new merit pay plan. Districts were notified Wednesday they'll have 30 days to review and appeal the data used to calculate the pay-for-performan…
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…
School Chief Luna Speaks Out On Education Reforms
From referendums to recalls, the debate over Idaho's public education system continues to be a hot topic. The Idaho department of education has begun to implement the new laws that made up State Superintendent of Schools Tom Luna's reform package. Luna introduced the package during this pa…
Online Class Task forced Formed
The state Board of Education has appointed a task force to decide how trustees will proceed with online course requirements for high school students. Board president Richard Westerberg appointed trustee Don Soltman on Thursday to lead the effort...
School Board Begins Adapting Rules
Work is underway in the Twin Falls School District to come into compliance with the new state education overhaul.  The Times News reports the School District Board of Trustees approved a resolution on Monday to eliminate district policies that are out of order with new state laws.
Final Education Bill On Gov. Otter’s Desk
Lawmakers have sent the final piece of a plan to reform Idaho's public schools to the governor's desk, following three months of fierce debate that dominated the 2011 session.  The Idaho House voted 44-26 on Friday to pass final piece of the reform package authored by schools chief To…
Third Ed-Reform Bill Approved By Senate Committee
Lawmakers are advancing the third piece of a plan to reform Idaho's public schools, with legislation to boost technology in the classroom. The Senate Education Committee voted 6-3 to approve the bill yesterday, with supporters convinced they need to restructure how Idaho's scarce education…

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