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Luna recall drive falls short

The effort to recall Idaho state Superintendent of Schools Tom Luna has officially failed, with backers falling well short of the 158,000-plus signatures needed by today’s deadline to force a …


Jeb Bush touts Idaho school reforms

BOISE – Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush on Tuesday proclaimed Idaho’s school-reform laws “one of a kind,” and said he thinks they “will be the models for the rest of …


Jeb Bush: Idaho ed reforms ‘models’ for country

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush today proclaimed Idaho’s school-reform laws requiring online courses and funding them “one of a kind,” and said he thinks they “will be the models for …


Luna launches education reform panel as referendums are certified

BOISE – Idaho state schools chief Tom Luna opened the deliberations of a 39-member task force Monday that will help determine how to implement big new school technology investments. He …


Idaho referendum backers deliver petitions

Backers of three referendum measures to overturn this year’s Idaho school reform bills delivered more than 210,000 verified signatures to the Idaho Secretary of State’s office on Monday, far more …


Otter to fight school referendum

BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter vowed Wednesday to personally campaign against the voter referendum to overturn this year’s school reform legislation, even as the tally of Idahoans signing petitions …


Otter on school reform referendums: ‘I hope they fail’

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter vowed Wednesday to personally campaign against the voter referendum to overturn this year’s school reform legislation, even as the tally of Idahoans signing petitions to place …


Eye on Boise: Luna aide says reform plan isn’t bringing new staffers

BOISE – Although rumors are rife that the Idaho State Department of Education has added highly paid staffers to implement the new Students Come First school reform plan, Luci Willits, …


Idaho teachers sue to block reform bill

The Idaho Education Association filed a lawsuit in 4th District Court in Ada County today challenging the constitutionality of SB 1108, the bill Idaho lawmakers passed this year and Gov. …


Austerity, abortion, school reforms mark Idaho legislative session

BOISE – Thousands of Idahoans poured into the state Capitol this year to plead for – of all things – tax increases, rather than cuts in medical care to the …


Idaho school reforms enacted

BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter signed the third major school reform bill into law on Friday, and a parents’ group immediately filed paperwork for a referendum drive to overturn …


Idaho school bill passes

BOISE – Idaho lawmakers have sent the final piece of a plan to reform the state’s public schools to the governor’s desk, following three months of fierce debate that dominated …


As Republicans deny hearings, Idaho Dems stall session

BOISE – The Idaho Legislature slowed to a near-standstill Wednesday, as House Democrats made good on a threat to stall the session in protest until majority Republicans allow hearings on …


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 …


Panel OK’s final school reform bill

BOISE – An Idaho Senate committee approved state schools Superintendent Tom Luna’s final school reform bill on a 6-3 vote Tuesday, after representatives of Idaho school boards, administrators, teachers and …


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 …


House panel OKs bills trimming teacher bargaining rights, imposing merit pay

BOISE – Controversial bills to trim Idaho teachers’ collective bargaining rights and impose a merit pay plan cleared the House Education Committee on Thursday and headed to the full House …


Idaho bill increasing class sizes hits standstill

BOISE – The centerpiece of Idaho’s controversial school reform plan may be dead, senators indicated late Tuesday, even as separate bills on teacher contracts and pay move through hearings in …


Senate OKs school reform

BOISE – Idaho’s state Senate voted on Thursday to pass two controversial school-reform bills, including a far-reaching measure to strip the state’s teachers of many of their existing contract rights. …


GOP Caucus tackles concerns about school reform

BOISE – Idaho senators raised new concerns Tuesday about increasing class sizes in the state’s schools, as state schools Supt. Tom Luna’s sweeping school reform plan remained stalled on the …


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 …


Idaho Senate panel passes heavily-opposed education reform measures

BOISE – A controversial plan to raise school class sizes in Idaho while boosting technology and teacher merit pay cleared a Senate committee late Thursday, after two weeks of intense …


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 …


Washington not among 18 finalists for education grants

Eighteen states and the District of Columbia have been named finalists in the second round of the federal “Race to the Top” school reform grant competition, giving them a chance …


Governor: Wash. school reform is required

Gov. Chris Gregoire said Tuesday that she’ll keep lawmakers in Olympia until they resolve their debate over school reform.


Gregoire says special session a possibility

With lawmakers racing to negotiate a budget and tax package, Gov. Chris Gregoire said Tuesday it’s possible she’ll need to call a special session to extend the talks beyond Thursday’s …