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Luna Named to Romney Advisory Group

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Idaho's public schools chief has been named to a 19-member group charged with advising Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on education issues.

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Budget Writers Approve More Money For Schools

(AP) - Legislative budget writers have voted to
boost state support for public schools by 4.6 percent next year
while increasing the minimum teacher salary to $30,500, up from
$30,000.
The $1.56 billion spending plan for public schools in 2013

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Magic Valley Schools Holding Supplemental Elections

Several school districts in the Magic Valley will be asking voters for more property tax money in March to help keep the schools in operation.  On election day, March 13th, the Kimberly School District will ask voters for a two year, $300,000 dollar annual supplemental levy.

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Buhl School District Gets $100K Donation

The Buhl School District found out they are receiving a huge grant, totaling $100,000, from the Target Corporation and the Ellen DeGeneres Show. As part of a $5 million donation to K-12 schools, Buhl was one of two school districts and 48 schools chosen to receive the money.

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Idaho Plans New Grading System For Public Schools

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 schools.

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Idaho Schools In Line For More Money In 2013

State spending on public schools is in line for a $30 million increase under Gov. Otter's proposed budget for next year. Public schools chief Tom Luna wanted at least $60 million of a projected state surplus to go toward public education in the fiscal year that starts July 1.

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New Rules May Dictate Less Funding For School Districts

State funding for online course providers would vary greatly among school districts under Idaho's new education changes.

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Twin Falls Schools Set Enrollment Record

It may come as no surprise that the Twin Falls School District is growing.  School Superintendent Wiley Dobbs reported to the school board Monday that there are more students enrolled in classes in the Twin Falls School District now than ever before, setting a new record at 7,912 students.

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Luna Asks For $61-Million For Schools

Public schools chief Tom Luna says education would get about a third of the projected $180 million budget surplus Idaho is expected to carry into the next fiscal year, under a spending plan he's submitting to the governor

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Idaho School Progress Slowed In 2010

Idaho school progress stagnated last year, with only 62 percent of schools again meeting targets.     Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna said he was pleased that overall school performance mirrored the previous year's figure, given that tight budgets could have led to even poorer math and reading test results.

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