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Brain Drain Frustrates Idaho Colleges

The Idaho State Board of Education approved hikes in tuition for the University of Idaho and Lewis-Clark State College Wednesday, but not before a pointed discussion about state funding. Boise board member Milford Terrell told his counterparts during a meeting in Moscow that he was tired of higher education always being last when it comes to receiving state funding. Terrell said Idaho is losing quality faculty and prospective students who are choosing to pay more for out-of-state schools they think are of higher quality. “When we look at this, we feel that we have some of the best faculty in the nation, and we do,” Terrell said. But he said Idaho is losing those people because they are not being paid a comparable amount - something he said goes back to the reduction in state funding/Elizabeth Rudd, Lewiston Tribune. More here. (Lewiston Tribune photo by Barry Kough: UI president Chuck Staben)

Question: When did you last hear a Kootenai County legislator express concern re: the state of the state's higher education?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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