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  • Wed., Nov. 7, 2012, 4:17 p.m.

    Idaho school reform foes call for new start

    After Idaho voters decisively rejected the “Students Come First” school reform laws on Tuesday, leaders on both sides were calling Wednesday for a new start on education reforms in Idaho, …


  • Wed., Nov. 7, 2012

    Idaho voters push back on school reform issues

    BOISE – Idaho’s dominant Republican establishment appeared headed for a rare rebuke from voters Tuesday, as school reform measures pushed hard by state schools Superintendent Tom Luna and GOP Gov. …


  • Tue., Nov. 6, 2012, 10:48 p.m.

    Idaho voters appear to turn down school-reform plan

    BOISE - Idaho’s dominant Republican establishment appeared headed for a rare rebuke from voters Tuesday, as school-reform measures pushed hard by state schools Superintendent Tom Luna and GOP Gov. Butch …


  • Sun., Nov. 4, 2012

    School reform propositions in Idaho will be ‘catalyst for turnout’

    BOISE – Idaho voters are riled up and ready to vote, with a contentious school-reform debate reverberating in the state’s airwaves and decisions looming on every seat in the Legislature, …


  • Sun., Nov. 4, 2012

    Eye on Boise: Student laptop ‘buyout’ math doesn’t add up

    BOISE – It turns out that the “buyout” clause in the state’s $182 million laptop contract is not what the state Department of Education originally described – a cost that …


  • Fri., Nov. 2, 2012

    Otter appears in pro-reform ad

    BOISE – The latest campaign ad in Idaho’s school reform fight features Gov. Butch Otter endorsing Propositions 1, 2 and 3 in a positive, feel-good message. “Education in Idaho is …


  • Thu., Nov. 1, 2012, 10:04 a.m.

    Otter steps forward in latest school reform ad

    The latest campaign ad in Idaho’s school reform fight features Gov. Butch Otter endorsing Propositions 1, 2 and 3 in a positive, feel-good message.


  • Thu., Nov. 1, 2012

    NYC mayor big donor in Idaho vote

    BOISE – A secretive campaign group that claimed to be providing Idaho parents a voice in the state’s school reform referendum fight actually was bankrolled in large part by an …


  • Wed., Oct. 31, 2012, 2:08 p.m.

    NY mayor among secret donors to Idaho school campaign

    A secretive campaign group that claimed to be providing Idaho parents a voice in the state’s school reform referendum fight actually was bankrolled in large part by an Idaho grocery …


  • Wed., Oct. 31, 2012, 9:54 a.m.

    Former Idaho official would play key role under laptop contract

    A former Idaho state official now with Education Networks of America would play a key role under the state’s $182 million, eight-year contract for laptop computers for high school students.


  • Wed., Oct. 31, 2012

    Idaho liable for damaged, lost laptops under contract

    BOISE – Idaho’s newly inked $182 million, eight-year contract with Hewlett-Packard Co. for laptop computers for its high school students contains a surprising feature – the state won’t actually own …


  • Tue., Oct. 30, 2012, 6:36 p.m.

    Idaho’s $182M laptop contract just for rental, not purchase

    Idaho’s newly inked $182 million, eight-year contract with Hewlett-Packard Co. for laptop computers for its high school students contains a surprising feature: The state won’t actually own the computers, and …


  • Tue., Oct. 30, 2012

    School ads group can’t hide

    BOISE – A secretive group that underwrote more than $200,000 in TV campaign commercials in favor of three Idaho school reform ballot measures must disclose its donors by Wednesday, a …


  • Mon., Oct. 29, 2012, 3:54 p.m.

    Judge orders Idaho group to disclose secret donors

    A secretive group that underwrote more than $200,000 in TV campaign commercials in favor of three Idaho school reform ballot measures must disclose its donors by Wednesday, a 4th District …


  • Mon., Oct. 29, 2012, 3:16 p.m.

    Ad charges school reform laws hamper teachers

    The latest campaign commercial opposing Idaho’s school reform ballot measures draws on a variety of criticisms of the measures to suggest they hamper teachers in doing their jobs. “We want …


  • Sun., Oct. 28, 2012

    Pro-Proposition 1, 2, 3 ad uses Romney anti-teachers union quote

    BOISE – A new TV commercial in Idaho’s school reform fight makes it appear that GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney has weighed in on Idaho’s ballot propositions. The commercial uses …


  • Sun., Oct. 28, 2012

    Eye on Boise: Labrador admits who’s boss when Cantor visits

    BOISE – U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor stopped in Boise last week to raise funds for U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador’s re-election campaign and urge Idahoans to send the freshman …


  • Sat., Oct. 27, 2012

    Idaho health insurance panel favors state-based exchange

    BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter’s health insurance exchange working group has voted overwhelmingly in favor of a state-based health insurance exchange, calling for a private nonprofit group set up …


  • Sat., Oct. 27, 2012

    Labrador, Farris explain views in debate

    BOISE – Idaho GOP Rep. Raul Labrador wants to raise the Social Security retirement age to 70, cut a third of the staff at the Pentagon and ban all abortions …


  • Fri., Oct. 26, 2012, 3:07 p.m.

    Labrador: Raise retirement age to 70

    Idaho GOP Rep. Raul Labrador wants to raise the Social Security retirement age to 70, cut a third of the staff at the Pentagon and ban all abortions other than …

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