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Vote For the Magic Valley Teacher of the Year!

The nominations are in! It was quite a task to narrow all of them down to just ten educators... but here they are: your Top 10 Magic Valley Teachers! Vote for the teacher you think deserves to win.

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Twin Falls Police Respond to Threat at Local School

The Twin Falls Police Department dispatched officers and detectives to several schools in Twin Falls on Thursday to ensure the safety and security of students and staff after an unknown caller threatened to harm students at a local school...

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Cost of Laptops for Idaho Schools

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The eight-year, $180 million pact with Hewlett-Packard Co. for laptops required under public schools chief Tom Luna's education overhaul is dividing Idaho's Republican lawmakers...

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Filer Schools Get $10,000 Grant

(KLIX)-The Filer School District can thank local farmers for a hefty check they’ll be receiving today. The district won a $10,000 grant through the America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education program...

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Law School Seeks State Funding

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The University of Idaho's plan to seek state funding to expand its Boise law program won approval from the Board of Education, but not without concerns from one trustee that the cart was getting ahead of the horse...

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Universities Get More Time to Report Student Numbers

MOSCOW, Idaho (AP) — State education officials are giving Idaho universities and colleges more time to submit their student enrollment numbers, which have been calculated on the 10th day of each new semester for more than two decades...

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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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Parents May Have To Pay For All Day Kindergarten At Twin Falls School

A Twin Falls elementary school is considering all day kindergarten for the Fall. Parents however, will have to pay for it. The principal at I...

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School Levies To Be Decided May 15th

Not only will Magic Valley area voters have candidates to choose on May 15th but they will also need to make a decision on some school bond issues.  Voters in the Filer School District will be voting on a 2-year, $500,000 supplemental levy which will allow the district to maintain current operations. 

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Gov. Otter Signs Public School Funding Bill

(AP) - Idaho Gov. "Butch" Otter has signed a 2013 funding plan for public schools that includes funds for the state's new education reforms, including merit pay bonuses and laptops. The budget includes $1.27 billion in state general funding, a $56 million bump over the current fiscal year. That's a 4.6 percent boost in state support, but the overall increase is much smaller at 0.4 percent when including federal funding.

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Voters To Decide School Supplemental Levies In May

Primary election day is May 15th but voters in the Magic Valley will have more than just political candidates to vote for.  Several school districts will be asking voters to approve supplemental levies to help maintain operations in the aftermath of several years of state budget cuts.  The Filer School District is asking for a two year, $500,000 annual supplemental levy.

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Supplemental Levy Elections Today

The polls open at 8 o’clock this morning  for a special election to determine whether or not voters will support more than 17 school district levies across the southern part of the state.    While some of these levies are new, others are renewals of district bonds already on the books. 

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Some Area Schools Plan Supplemental Levies This Spring

2012 could be another year in which many area school districts ask voters for more money to run the schools.  Some are definitely planning on supplemental or plant facilities levies while others are definitely not.  Some are still undecided. 

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Court Says School Had Right to Search Idaho Teen

The Idaho Court of Appeals says a Boise high school student's rights were not violated when school officials decided to search his car for tobacco products...

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Charter School Searches For New Principal

Xavier Charter School in Twin Falls is looking for a principal…again.  Only so far, the search is open only to internal employees.  If a successful candidate has not been found by January 1st then the search will widen. 

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Southern Idaho Law Students Have Shorter Drive

College students in southern Idaho wishing to study law won’t have to travel quite as far now.  There was a ribbon cutting ceremony yesterday for the Concordia University School of Law and the George R. White Law Library in Boise.

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Twin Falls School Enrollment Grows

The economy may not be growing right now but enrollment in the Twin Falls School District sure is.  Enrollment is up 102 students in the district compared to the same time last year with a total of 7,801 students.  As a result the Twin Falls School Board voted this week to make a couple of staffing adjustments. 

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More Idaho Parents Refusing to Vaccinate Their Children

Idaho rules allow exemptions to immunizations under three conditions: Medical, religious and personal. The Times-News reports that in the Twin Falls region and across the state, personal beliefs are the leading reason for exemptions...

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School Begins Today

Most schools in the Magic Valley have their first day with students today and that means there will be a lot of children on the streets headed for class.  Local police agencies remind you to watch out for kids on their way to and from school and to pay special attention to the speed limits in the school zones. 

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Jerome School District Slashes Budget

The Jerome School board made some tough decisions this week to finalize the 2011-2012 budget.  With cuts in state funding the school district faces a $1.3-million dollar cut in funding from last year for a total of $17-million dollars. 

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