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When Will “Parental Involvement” Become Factor In Teacher Evaluations?

(AP) - Legislation headed to the Idaho Senate aims to clarify when parental involvement will become a factor in teaching evaluations. At least half of an Idaho teacher's job evaluation will be based on student achievement starting July 1, and what parents think will also count, as part of new education changes that were signed into law last year.

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Sen. John McGee Keeps His Caucus Chairman Position

(AP) Idaho Senate officials say Republican Sen. John McGee will keep his position as caucus chairman,  the fourth highest ranking post in the GOP controlled chamber. Republican senators met behind closed doors in the Idaho Capitol Wednesday to determine if McGee should retain his leadership post.

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Idaho’s Two Senators Vote For Debt Ceiling Hike

President Barack Obama has signed legislation to increase the nation's borrowing authority and avert a potentially catastrophic government default.

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Senate Passes Education Budget

There was some good news for Idaho's public education budget Tuesday.  The state Senate passed a budget that is one percent larger than last year's.

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Top Story Podcast 4/5/11

Top Story Podcast 4/5/11: First hour - State Subsidized Drivers Ed., Jared Webster, Steve Millington. Second hour - Koran burning.

Rev. Terry Jones burned a Koran which incited riots in Afghanistan. Now he says he will put Mohammed on trial.  Read more here

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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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Bill Limiting Abortions Clears Senate

The Idaho Senate  has voted 24-10 to pass legislation banning abortions once a fetus has reached 20 weeks. Republican Senator Chuck Winder's measure now goes to the House for debate. If it becomes law, Idaho could follow Neb

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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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Medicaid Bill Cruising Through Senate

A bill that cuts $35 million from state Medicaid funding is now cruising through the Senate.  Republicans on the Senate Health and Welfare Committee on Tuesday sent it to a full chamber vote. 

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Top Story Podcast: Planned Parenthood…Cut The Funding?

Top Story Podcast 2/28/11: The Senate is considering cutting Planned Parenthood funding to help cut the deficit. Opponents say the Republicans are trying to balance the budget on the backs of poor people.  Read More

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