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160 Idaho Schools Protest Star Rating

Nearly 160 Idaho schools are appealing their state “star ratings” — a crucial report card that determines whether a school needs to file a plan for improving student growth and student achievement, and whether a school is struggling and needs help from the state. The number of appeals is up considerably from previous years. The one- to five-star ratings are Idaho’s yardstick for measuring traditional and charter schools, with the results made public annually. The next round of ratings will likely be released in early August, state Department of Education spokeswoman Melissa McGrath said Tuesday. But first, the Education Department has to sift through the appeals; here’s a list of the schools that filed appeals/Kevin Richert, The EDge, IdahoEd News. More here.

Question: Do the protesting schools have a legitimate beef?

Idaho Ed Dept Disputes Funding Study

A recent report by the non-partisan research organization Center on Budget Policy and Priorities says education cuts in Idaho have been among the deepest in the nation over the last five years. As StateImpact reported last week, CBPP’s study shows per-student spending in Idaho has dropped 19 percent since 2008. Just three states have cut more. The Idaho Department of Education takes issue with these figures and spokesperson Melissa McGrath says CBPPs report isn’t an accurate measure. “The fact is the state hasn’t reduced education funding per student by 19 percent,” McGrath says. Here’s where it gets complicated/Emily Ritter Saunders, StateImpact. More here. (Molly Messick StateImpact photo: After the Council School District lost its shop program, locals donated time, goods and services to start it up again)

Question: Do you think public schools in Idaho are funded as well as they could be?

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