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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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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...

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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...

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Luna Blames Out of State Efforts for Education Reform Resistance

(KLIX)- The campaign for the "Vote No on Proposition 1,2,3" got underway this week. The group aimed at pushing back State Superintendent Tom Luna’s Students Come First reform laws...

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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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Gov. Otter Urges Support For Education Reform

Governor Butch Otter urged those attending a conference in Twin Falls yesterday to support the education reform laws that are facing a repeal effort. 

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Education Reform Opponents Present Signatures To Sec. Of State

Signed petitions to put Idaho's new education reform laws on the ballot in November were presented to the secretary of state's office Monday afternoon.

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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 past session of the Idaho legislature.

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Top Story Podcast 5/26/11:Downtown TF Parking, It’s Your Business, Cops, Education Reform Referendum.

Top Story Podcast 5/26/11: First hour - Downtown TF Parking, It's Your Business, Cops. Second hour - Education reform opponents say that have the signatures needed to put it to a vote in November

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Education Reform Opponents Have Signatures

Organizers of a bid to dump education and union reforms that recently passed the 2011 Idaho Legislature say they've gathered enough signatures to put three repeal measures on the November 2012 ballot. 

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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...

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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.

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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...

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Highway 93 Construction Starts Monday

(AP) Legislation to shift money in Idaho's public schools budget to pay for classroom technology and other reforms is headed to the state House of Representatives. 

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Senate Passes Third Ed-Reform Bill

The Idaho Senate has voted 20-15 to pass the third piece of a plan to reform Idaho's public schools.

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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 dollars are spent.

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IEA Works To Kill Ed Reform Bills

The Idaho Education association is leading an effort to have Tom Luna's education reform package repealed. Two of the three bills in that package have already been signed by the governor.

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Education Reform…It’s The Law

Gov. C. L. "Butch" Otter has signed laws to eliminate teacher job protections and early retirement, restrict collective bargaining and introduce merit pay in Idaho. 

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Third Ed-Reform Bill Expected Friday

The Senate Education Committee chairman expects to have the third piece of public schools reforms ready for introduction by tomorrow. 

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