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  • School levies pass in most North Idaho districts

    Coeur d’Alene voters said yes Tuesday to extending a tax levy that the school district leans on more heavily in a period of dwindling state support for education.


  • Panel backs restoring teacher pay

    BOISE – Idaho would restore cuts to state funding for teacher salaries made over the past three years under a public schools budget set Monday by a legislative committee. Five …


  • Charter school funding moves along to House

    BOISE – Idaho would help out charter schools with their building costs under legislation that cleared a House committee Tuesday, but it would come at the expense of the state’s …


  • CdA schools push for levy passage

    One morning this week at Coeur d’Alene High School, students in a theater class glazed clay soup bowls they molded for a fundraiser aimed at providing hungry students with healthy …


  • Luna urges 3 percent more for schools

    BOISE – A humbled Idaho schools Superintendent Tom Luna told state lawmakers Thursday that regardless of how it’s done, he wants Idaho to keep investing in teacher pay and classroom …


  • Eye on Boise: Unallocated money in school budget may stay put

    BOISE – Idaho lawmakers who’ve been hoping to raid Idaho’s public school budget now that voters have rejected three school-reform laws had a setback last week: Doing so would require …


  • Idaho education spending near last

    BOISE – Idaho’s school spending per pupil ranks second-worst in the nation for a second straight year, according to the latest figures from the U.S. census, while Washington’s is 32nd, …


  • Ex-state economist says school funding may violate Idaho law

    BOISE – Idaho’s former longtime chief state economist, Mike Ferguson, released a 20-page report Friday on public school funding that reaches a series of startling conclusions, including that Idaho’s current …


  • Idaho plan spends more on schools

    BOISE – Idaho schools would see a small spending boost on the heels of last year’s cuts, under a budget set by the Idaho Legislature’s joint budget committee Monday. Minority …


  • Levy rejection is lesson on how schools suffer

    Get your yellow flier yet? If so, and if the scare language and the big numbers are giving you pause, when it comes to supporting your local schools, you might …


  • Idaho schools chief has plan to offset teacher pay cuts

    BOISE – Idaho public schools chief Tom Luna told lawmakers Thursday he wants to offset a planned $19 million reduction in Idaho teacher pay and benefits next year using projected …


  • Otter budget doesn’t restore steep cuts

    BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter’s budget proposal for next year wouldn’t restore any of the steep cuts the state has made in the past three years of economic downturn, …


  • No increase in endowment fund for Idaho schools next year

    Idaho’s state Land Board voted 4-1 this morning to distribute $47.5 million next year to state endowment beneficiaries, which include public schools. That’s up 2.3 percent overall from this year’s …


  • Schools could get cash infusion

    NAMPA, Idaho – Idaho school districts are cautiously preparing to restore several cutbacks after being advised the state likely will distribute about $50 million in one-time payments next month if …


  • Schools struggle to use student data system

    NAMPA, Idaho – Idaho’s new multimillion-dollar student data system is causing giant headaches at school districts around the state, and local school officials say it isn’t working. State Superintendent of …


  • Idaho school officials knock new data system

    Idaho’s new multimillion-dollar student data system is causing giant headaches at school districts around the state and local school officials say it isn’t working, state lawmakers heard Wednesday. State Superintendent …


  • Idaho schools could get some relief amid budget cuts

    Idaho schools could get about $50 million in a one-time payout in July, no strings attached, if state tax revenues meet projections in the final month of the state’s fiscal …


  • Voters approving property tax hikes to help schools

    BOISE – Idahoans are voting to raise their own property taxes in the wake of a third straight year of cuts in school funding approved by state lawmakers. In elections …


  • Idaho voters raise taxes for schools after lawmakers wouldn’t

    Idahoans around the state are voting to raise their own property taxes in the wake of a third straight year of cuts in school funding approved by state lawmakers.


  • Higher revenue return good news for schools

    BOISE – Strong tax revenues in April could mean Idaho’s public schools will get up to a $55 million one-time boost at the end of this fiscal year on July …


  • Idaho schools could get back part of budget cuts

    Strong tax revenues in April, the biggest month of the year, could mean Idaho’s public schools will get up to a $55 million one-time boost at the end of this …


  • Last bill becomes law, making 335 for Idaho session

    BOISE – The final piece of legislation from this year’s Idaho legislative session has become law without the governor’s signature, adding a one-year phaseout to a funding cut for school …


  • Shawn Vestal: Apology by anti-tax group falls short

    You’ve got to hand it to the Citizens for Responsible Taxation. When they go irresponsible, they go big. They’ll overstate the amount of school-funding measures by about 100 percent. They …


  • Idaho lawmakers approve 1.87 percent school salary cut

    BOISE – Idaho’s public schools would see a $47 million cut in funding next year under a budget set by lawmakers Monday. That’s considerably less than the $62 million cut …


  • Eye on Boise: Reform bill has good news for virtual charter schools

    BOISE – Among the little-noticed provisions of the complex, sweeping school reform bill that’s rocketing through the Idaho Legislature is one that would double-fund virtual charter schools for their existing …


  • Idaho school proposal advances

    BOISE – A controversial plan to shift millions in state funds from teacher salaries to technology purchases won narrow support in the Idaho Senate on Thursday, virtually ensuring the bill …


  • Lawmakers remake controversial education reform bill

    BOISE – Idaho lawmakers unveiled a new version of school reform legislation Friday, and it’s a lot like the old version that stalled in the state Senate. It calls for …


  • Lawmaker, protesters take aim at Idaho school reform plan

    BOISE – A controversial school reform plan that calls for larger classes, fewer teachers and more technology may be pulled back for changes at the urging of a Coeur d’Alene …


  • Lawmakers skeptical of Idaho education plan

    BOISE – Key Idaho lawmakers raised serious questions Tuesday about state Superintendent of Schools Tom Luna’s sweeping education reform plan. Luna’s plan relies on increasing class sizes and employing fewer …


  • Luna says public schools can’t take more cuts

    State Superintendent of Schools Tom Luna says Idaho’s public schools need a 9.2 percent increase in state general funds next year, just to keep even and accommodate more students. In …

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