School Computers catch Negative Advertisement
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A new radio advertisement from critics of Idaho's education reforms calls a laptop program being rolled out under the changes an "unfunded mandate" that will require schools to spend millions of dollars they don't have...
Schools Will Soon Get Laptops
BOISE, Idaho (AP) - A mix of large and small school districts will be first in line when Idaho starts phasing in  laptops for every 9th through 12th grader. The list obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press includes big districts like Meridian and Boise in southwest Idaho, though they'll b…
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
The $1.56 billion spending plan for public schools in 2013 was
approved Monday by the Joint Finance-Appropriations Commi…
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.
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.
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 s…
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.
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.
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.  Luna told says he wants at least $61 million of the surplus t…
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 le…
Surplus! Idaho Tax Revenue Beat Expectations
There’s good news regarding the state economy.  Final figures for fiscal year 2011 show Idaho came in with $85 million more in tax revenue than projected.  Much of the extra cash will be diverted to public schools and community colleges because of agreements made with the f…
Area Schools Investigated For Possible Title IX Violations
Up to 100 schools in Idaho, including 20 in the Magic Valley, are being investigated by the US Department of Education for possibly violating Title IX.  The local high schools include Burley, Canyon Ridge, Buhl, Declo, Carey, Castleford,  Glenns Ferry, Filer, Gooding, Kimberly, Hansen, Jerome,  Oakl…
Tomorrow Is Election Day
Tomorrow is election day in southern Idaho.  Residents in several counties and school districts will be going to the polls to elect school board members, decide on municipal issues and supplemental levies.
State Revenue Up Again – School’s Optimistic
There could be reason for cautious optimism for funding for Idaho public schools this coming year.  The Times News reports today that a report from the Idaho Division of Financial Management shows state revenues were up again in April, $13-million dollars more than projections.
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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