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Thayn wants to amend early-grad program

Here's a news item from the Associated Press:  BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A lawmaker who spearheaded a program to reward Idaho students who graduate from high school early with scholarship money says he no longer wants to limit district participation by size or region. Rep. Steve Thayn, a Republican from Emmett, introduced legislation Monday to remove the requirement that only two school districts per region be allowed to participate. He also wants to remove rules requiring districts to have a certain number of students. Thayn says the rules are no longer necessary because the six-year pilot program was not as popular as lawmakers anticipated when it was passed into law last year. Only 15 districts applied in the first year of the program, well below the cap of 21. Thayn says under the current law, one or two school districts in northern Idaho could not participate.

Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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