Governor’s race: two divergent views on education

Gov. Butch Otter says Idaho is on a continuing “journey to education excellence.” His Democratic opponent, A.J. Balukoff, called Idaho’s bottom-ranked per-pupil spending “downright shameful.” Gov. Butch Otter That’s the split that was underscored Thursday. In a guest opinion sent to

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Crunching some more numbers from ‘SAT Day’

Earlier this week, I reported on the results from Idaho’s April “SAT Day.” The takeaways: Overall, scores increased slightly on the Scholastic Aptitude Test, but Idaho has a long way to go to meet the SAT “college-ready” benchmark. Let’s drill down

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First book in series makes you look forward to more

Protective Instincts By Shirlee McCoy Harlequin Love Inspired Suspense, July, 2014 • ISBN 9780373446063 • Price $5.99 / Paperback • Genre: Inspirational suspense / romance Publisher Synopsis: After losing her family, and then nearly her life when she was held

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Plot, energy and humor will appeal to kids of all ages

The Water Fight Professional (Fun 4 Hire Book 1) Angela Ruth Strong Ashberry Lane Publishing 2014 Print Length: 105 pages ISBN: 978-0-9893967-8-3 Price: $7.99 paperback / $2.99 eBook Age target: Grades 2-4, but older will still enjoy it. Publisher’s Synopsis:

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First in new series isn’t one of author’s finest

The Marriage Pact Linda Lael Miller Harlequin HQN, 2014 Print Length: 377 pages ISBN: 0373778708 Price: $6.41/Paperback; $5.65/eBook Publisher’s Synopsis: The women of Bliss County are ready to meet the men of their dreams! See how it all begins in

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Sasha

Sasha 2014, Sabtre-eBooks.com By CJ Adams 102 pages ASIN: B00I4FZHSI Price: $14.25 Publisher Synopsis: CJ Adams pens a warm and entertaining tale of life with an exceptional dachshund. A friendship that endured paralysis and a cure through acupuncture and holistic

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Idaho’s ‘go-on’ rates: a deeper look at the data

On Thursday, I wrote about the current numbers measuring Idaho’s high school “go-on” rates — and the troubling big-picture trend. Thursday’s sobering takeaway: More than a year after graduating high school, only 52 percent of the Class of 2013 have enrolled in

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Balukoff: State Board record-shredding may have broken law

Gubernatorial candidate A.J. Balukoff ripped Gov. Butch Otter on Monday — for shredding documents. Balukoff, a Democrat, said an Otter aide may have violated state law by destroying paperwork from 22 candidates for the State Board of Education. A.J. Balukoff

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What’s the story behind those destroyed State Board applications?

This week, Gov. Butch Otter’s office released paperwork on some — but not all — of the Idahoans who applied for two vacant spots on the State Board of Education. The rest of the applications no longer exist, according to the governor’s

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Documents shed some light on some State Board applicants

Newly appointed State Board of Education member David Hill of Boise pointed up his resume with federal energy labs — and his involvement in higher education issues in Idaho. Meanwhile, fellow appointee Debbie Critchfield of Oakley touted her work with

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