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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. Districts were notified Wednesday they'll have 30 days to review and appeal the data used to calculate the pay-for-performance bonuses scheduled to go out Nov

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Luna Wiki War

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The spokeswoman for State Schools Superintendent Tom Luna triggered a tug of war over his Wikipedia entry when revising the page to include, among other things, positive information about his reforms — the subject of polarizing debate

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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

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Idaho Schools Get Boost From Land Fund

Public schools will receive a $31 million boost from Idaho's land endowment next year.  But not every member of the state Board of Land Commissioners was happy with the distribution. The Spokesman-Review reports

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Comedian Revives Effort To Recall Idaho School Superintendent Tom Luna

Stand-up comic Ron "Pete" Peterson, who finished fourth with 5 percent of the vote in the 2010 GOP primary, says he's organizing another run at removing Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna from office. Peterson, of Boise, was a key player in the effort that fell more than 100,000 signatures short of putting a Luna recall on the Aug. 30 ballot. Now, Peterson

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Luna Recall Effort Fails

A group seeking to recall public schools chief Tom Luna over his new education laws failed to meet a Monday deadline to collect nearly 160,000 voter signatures. The Committee to Recall Tom Luna needed to submit 158,107 valid signatures from registered voters to succeed in their push for an August special election.

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Second Education Bill Passes House

A second bill in State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna's education reform has won approval from the Idaho House of Representatives.  This morning's vote was 44-26 in favor of the bill.  It has already won approval from the Idaho Senate and no

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Education Bill Goes Back to Comittee

As expected the biggest piece of a plan to reform Idaho's public schools has been sent back to the Senate Education Committee, where it narrowly passed on a 5-4 vote last week. The legislation was pulled from the Idaho Senate calendar Wednesday. Senate Education Committee Chairman John Goedde

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Luna In Hot Seat At Town Hall Meet

Another town hall meeting last night on Idaho schools Superintendent Tom Luna's education reform plan. This one took place at the studios of Idaho's news Channel 7 and was broadcast live around the state. Luna was in the hot seat as people with close ties to education voiced their concerns and asked him their questions. In the past two years, Idaho's public education system lost about $200 million in funding. 

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Top Story Podcast: Tom Luna’s Education Proposal… Lunatic or Awesome?

Top Story Podcast: January 14th, 2011: Idaho School's Chief Tom Luna's Education Proposal. What Do You Think?

Looking for an older show? Check the Top Story Podcast Archive.

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