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Bidding delays laptops for teachers

BOISE – The first round of more than 6,000 laptop computers, one for every high school teacher and administrator, already was supposed to be delivered to Idaho’s schools this month …


Idaho laptop rollout slips further behind schedule

The first round of more than 6,000 laptop computers, one for every high school teacher and administrator, was supposed to be out in Idaho’s schools this month under the controversial …


Idaho school reform ad twists old video clip

A new ad promoting an Idaho education overhaul recycles a 3-year-old speech from a retired union leader, using a portion of it out of context to bash those trying to …


Idaho school reform backers say they won’t disclose donors

Idaho’s campaign finance deadline came and went Wednesday without any word on who funded a statewide TV ad campaign in favor of controversial school reform measures - and backers say …


New Idaho schools ad launched

BOISE – The latest statewide TV commercial to air in the battle over Idaho’s controversial school reform laws comes from opponents of the laws and focuses on what may be …


Latest school reform ad hits union issue

The latest statewide TV commercial to air in the battle over Idaho’s controversial school reform laws comes from opponents of the laws, and focuses on what may be their toughest …


Idaho school reform becomes personal

BOISE – Here’s how fiery the debate over school reform has gotten in Idaho: After a forum at the City Club of Boise on Tuesday, state Rep. Brian Cronin, D-Boise, …


Fiery debate focuses on Idaho school reforms

In a fiery debate Tuesday before a sellout crowd of 450, Idaho state schools chief Tom Luna defended his controversial “Students Come First” school reform laws, while critic Brian Cronin …


Idaho school fees challenged as unconstitutional

An Idaho grandfather and former school district superintendent is suing the state of Idaho and all its school districts, charging that cash-strapped schools are violating the Idaho Constitution by increasingly …


Ad touting school reforms tells just part of story

A new television commercial touting Idaho’s controversial school reform laws makes claims that are accurate, but still mislead voters about the impact of the reform laws. That’s because they focus …


More Idaho teachers leave profession

BOISE — More Idaho teachers left the profession last year, but state officials say they’ve also certificated more educators. Data obtained today by The Associated Press shows about 1,800 teachers …


Ad slams Idaho school reform laws

BOISE – The hottest election issue of the season in Idaho – possible repeal of the state’s controversial new school reform laws – has yielded the first statewide TV campaign …


Idaho teachers will get earned merit pay

BOISE – It turns out both sides were wrong: Idaho teachers who earned merit-pay bonuses last year under a controversial school-reform law will get those payments this fall, regardless of …


Idaho teachers to get bonuses regardless of election outcome

It turns out both sides were wrong: Idaho teachers who earned merit-pay bonuses last year under a controversial school-reform law will get those payments this fall, regardless of the outcome …


Eye on Boise: If voters say no to school reforms …

BOISE – There’s a what-if question being debated in Idaho politics that matters quite a bit: What if voters in November reject Propositions 1, 2 and 3, repealing state Superintendent …


Idaho to negotiate for laptops after call for bids fizzles

BOISE — Citing insufficient competition, Idaho officials have abandoned their original bidding process meant to equip public school teachers with laptop computers starting this fall. Instead, the state will negotiate …


Luna accuses teachers unions of lying about reform

TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) — Public schools chief Tom Luna whipped up partisans at the GOP convention in Twin Falls, accusing teachers unions of lying about the 2011 Legislature’s education …


21 Idaho districts unilaterally set contracts for teachers

BOISE – At least 21 Idaho school districts are unilaterally imposing contract terms on teachers this week, after failing to reach agreement with local teachers unions – an option for …


Teacher talks fail in 21 Idaho school districts

At least 21 Idaho school districts are unilaterally imposing contract terms on teachers this week, after failing to reach agreement with local teachers unions - an option for districts under …


32 Idaho school districts make student laptop list

BOISE — A mix of large and small school districts will be first in line when Idaho starts providing laptop computers for every ninth- through 12th-grader next year, according to …


Eye on Boise: Idaho backs Montana’s campaign spending fight

BOISE – Idaho is one of 22 states that filed a brief in support of Montana’s fight in the U.S. Supreme Court to prevent the 2010 Citizens United decision from …


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 …


Idaho schools chief pitches budget plan, reforms

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 state revenue …


Huckleberries: A cage match to decide schools’ direction?

Huckleberries knows how to settle the fight over the radical online education plan forced on Idaho’s schoolchildren by Superintendent of Schools Tom Luna and legislative accomplices last year – and …


Task force tweaks education reform

BOISE – After six months of study, a statewide task force Tuesday called for buying all Idaho high school students laptops rather than tablets, phasing them in school-by-school rather than …


Idaho to require two online classes

BOISE – Despite mostly negative public comment, Idaho’s state Board of Education voted unanimously Thursday to approve a new rule requiring every Idaho student to take two online classes to …


Luna: Idaho near waiver from feds on education act

Idaho is close to receiving a waiver under the No Child Left Behind Act, Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna said, but will still be required to hold the bottom …


Online class costs vary by district

BOISE – A quirk of Idaho’s new “Students Come First” school reform law means that online course providers will get far more state money for providing classes to students in …


Idaho to seek waiver for No Child Left Behind law

Idaho will be among the first states to apply for a waiver from the federal government to skirt provisions of the No Child Left Behind education law, according to the …


Luna to join Obama in D.C. for education address

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho public schools chief Tom Luna is expected to join President Barack Obama in Washington on Friday as the White House gives states guidance about how …