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Latest reform plan for Idaho schools would tweak laptop, online rules

BOISE – A retooled version of Idaho Superintendent of Schools Tom Luna’s school reform plan was introduced Monday, but there was no change in the most controversial provision: Raising class sizes and cutting hundreds of teaching jobs. Instead, Luna proposed reducing his requirement for online classes for every high-school student from six classes to four; more flexibility for school districts to decide in what year students should be given laptop computers, rather than requiring them to go to all ninth-graders; and elimination of the clause requiring that students be given ownership of the laptops when they graduate.

Idaho teachers in demand despite proposed cutbacks

BOISE – Job opportunities for teachers in Idaho are relatively good and, based on projections, will likely continue to be that way, educators and state officials said. A growing state population that includes young families combined with retirement of baby boom generation teachers will offset proposed state budget cuts that include eliminating about 770 teacher jobs in the next two years, mainly through attrition, the government leaders said.

Luna pitches education reform

BOISE – Idaho would eliminate tenure for new teachers, limit all collective bargaining agreements with teachers to one year and raise class sizes in grades four to 12 to fund a big new emphasis on technology and accountability, under a sweeping plan outlined to lawmakers Wednesday by state Superintendent of Schools Tom Luna. The plan includes a laptop computer for every ninth-grader and requirements for every high school student to take two online classes a year. It would also eliminate 770 teachers’ jobs over the next five years, due to larger classes and more online courses.