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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 …


Editorial: Idaho school reform plan starts talks for solutions

The reality is that Idaho needs to change its public school system after being hit last year with a $128.5 million budget cut. Gov. Butch Otter’s newest budget holds education …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


Idaho panel predicts shortfall as budget lacks stimulus, reserves

BOISE – State lawmakers got a grim glimpse of the decision-making that awaits them when they convene in January, as the Idaho Legislature’s joint budget committee gathered Monday to go …


Editorial: Luna’s work as schools chief merits re-election

When Idaho schools Superintendent Tom Luna ran for office four years ago, we had concerns about his education credentials. His resume just didn’t stack up to some of his opponents. …


Idaho superintendent of schools race

The first non-educator to head Idaho’s public school system is running for re-election, and he’s being challenged by one of the state’s most prominent educators, the just-retired superintendent of the …


Idaho superintendent candidates clash in debate

BOISE – The two men vying to lead Idaho’s school system for the next four years clashed Tuesday night over everything from school funding to their own qualifications for the …


Idaho teachers support Olson for superintendent

BOISE – Idaho schoolteachers are coming out in force behind the candidacy of retired Boise school superintendent Stan Olson for state superintendent of schools, against incumbent Superintendent Tom Luna. At …


Discontent over funding could impact Idaho schools race

As Idaho voters make clear their displeasure with cuts to public education spending, the men running to lead the state’s schools for the next four years are campaigning in relative …


Expert cites tea party in Idaho poll’s divide

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter’s 16-point lead over Democrat Keith Allred masks weaknesses that show the race is far from over. Otter leads Allred 45 percent to 29 percent in a …


Idaho, Montana to receive federal education funds

The state Department of Education says Idaho will receive more than $51 million in federal education funding to preserve teacher jobs, while U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Montana will …


Idaho nets $51 million to preserve teacher jobs

The state Department of Education says Idaho will receive more than $51 million in federal education funding to preserve teacher jobs.


Race for Idaho schools chief puts focus on role of office

BOISE – The first non-educator to head Idaho’s public school system is running for re-election, and he’s being challenged by one of the state’s most respected educators: the just-retired superintendent …


Board affirms closure of Idaho charter school

BOISE – The state Board of Education is upholding the closure of a charter school that had been tangled in a debate over classroom use of the Bible and is …


Idaho graduates don’t need to pass science test

BOISE – Idaho is scrapping a rule that would have required high school students to pass standardized tests in science before they graduate, starting with the class of 2013. Idaho …


Idaho cancels statewide tests for 2010-11 school year

The state superintendent of public instruction has canceled two statewide tests for the upcoming school year.


Luna may dip into reserves

BOISE – Idaho state schools Superintendent Tom Luna on Thursday proposed dipping into state reserves for nearly $53 million to help balance next year’s school budget – a proposal that …


Federal court nails four for passing phony bills

BOISE – Four counterfeiters have been nailed in federal court in Boise, all for making or passing fake $100 bills in Idaho. One of them, Brian Mercier, 34, of Salt …


Online program connects Idaho students, NASA

BOISE – Bright, advanced Idaho high school juniors can now compete to get into a new online science and math course offered in partnership with NASA – in part by …


Luna says he’ll try to lower majority

Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna wants to eliminate a constitutional mandate requiring school districts to secure a two-thirds majority of voters in bond elections to raise money for facilities. …


Idaho schools chief proposes cuts

BOISE – Idaho’s top education official Thursday proposed $62 million in funding cuts for public schools next year, slicing into everything from teacher pay to administration to building maintenance.


Senate rejects merit pay for teachers

BOISE – The Idaho Senate rejected a controversial teacher merit pay plan Friday, after an impassioned debate that ran more than two hours. Senate Education Chairman John Goedde, R-Coeur d’Alene, …


Lawmakers grill education board

BOISE – State senators pounded Idaho state Board of Education members with tough, detailed questions for more than two hours Thursday on how the board botched a testing contract, ran …


Teacher merit pay plan clears Senate panel

BOISE - A divided Idaho Senate committee barely passed a teacher merit pay plan Tuesday, after weeks of hearings and heartfelt testimony and multiple revisions in the plan. “I think …