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‘Gray areas’ cancel trip for Idaho lawmakers

BOISE – Idaho officials responsible for making sure every high school student gets a state-provided computer have canceled a trip to Microsoft offices in Redmond, Wash., after concerns were raised …


Shawn Vestal: Teachers ignored in education reform

If you want to “fix schools,” apparently, there’s one group of people you should ignore. Teachers.


Idaho school panel OKs online classes

BOISE – Despite overwhelming opposition at seven public hearings around the state, a subcommittee of Idaho’s State Board of Education voted Thursday to require this year’s incoming eighth-graders to complete …


Montanan picked as new Idaho lands chief

Idaho’s state Land Board has voted unanimously to hire Tom Schultz, current administrator of trust land management for the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, as Idaho’s new state …


Idaho will pay for SAT for high school juniors

BOISE – Idaho high school juniors can now take the SAT for free, state Superintendent of Schools Tom Luna announced Wednesday. State lawmakers in 2007 required completion of a college …


Idaho high schoolers can take SAT at state expense

All Idaho high school juniors can now take the SAT for free, state Superintendent of Schools Tom Luna announced today.


Online education rules get hearings

BOISE – Idaho’s Board of Education has set seven public hearings across the state on a proposal to require high school students to take two online courses to graduate. One …


Some suspect GOP redistricting targets Luna foes

Eight Republican senators who voted against schools chief Tom Luna’s education reforms would run against incumbents under a new GOP-backed proposal for redrawing Idaho’s political boundaries that’s raising concerns of …


Idaho rejects ‘No Child’ goals

BOISE – The state Board of Education signed off on Idaho’s plan to reject the latest requirements for determining student progress under the federal No Child Left Behind law, though …


Board OKs Idaho plan to ditch federal education goals

The state Board of Education signed off on Idaho’s plan to reject the latest requirements for determining student progress under the federal No Child Left Behind law, though some trustees …


Online classes shrink to two under Idaho reform plan

BOISE – Idaho’s tech-focused “Students Come First” school reform plan originally envisioned requiring all Idaho students to take eight online classes to graduate from high school, but the state now …


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 …


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 …


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 …


Luna moves on reforms even as referendums make ballot

Idaho state schools chief Tom Luna opened the deliberations of a 39-member task force Monday that’ll help determine how to implement big new school technology investments, even as the Idaho …


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 …


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, …


Eye on Boise: Teachers union finds Luna losing support

BOISE – The Idaho Education Association has released partial results of a statewide poll it commissioned both last year and this year, showing that likely voters in Idaho continue to …


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. …


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 …


Idaho Democrats make stand on cigarette tax hearing

BOISE – The Idaho House’s minority Democrats declared a procedural guerrilla war on Tuesday, vowing stall tactics to delay the 2011 session’s end to protest the Republican majority’s refusal to …


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 …