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Superintendent’s race: Who voted in 2012, and who didn’t?

Two of the four Republican candidates for state superintendent of public instruction did not vote in the Republican primary two years ago. And according to county voting records, Sherri Ybarra of Mountain Home didn’t cast a ballot in the November

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Russ Fulcher’s Common Core challenge

Russ Fulcher says he changed his mind about Common Core for a simple reason: “It didn’t come as advertised.” Fulcher said he thought the math and English language arts standards would etch local control into Idaho education. But he now

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Meridian school vote prompts fundraising effort

Two weeks after Meridian trustees voted to keep a controversial novel in administrative limbo, two women are raising money to put the book into students’ hands. Jennifer Lott of Spokane, Wash, and Sara Baker of Seattle are raising money to buy

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Don Coberly’s tale of two high schools

Like many school superintendents, Don Coberly likes to look at measurables. Don Coberly But Boise’s district superintendent also blogs about what the statistics have to say. This week, Coberly wrote an interesting blog comparing Boise and Capital high schools, and their college

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The Meridian book decision: the Twitter backlash

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Balukoff staffer yanked from Otter K-12 task force

A member of Gov. Butch Otter’s education task force has been excluded from the group’s followup work — because he is now working for one of Otter’s election-year opponents. Mike Lanza Mike Lanza — a paid member of Democratic gubernatorial

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Otter signs parts of the K-12 budget

Gov. Butch Otter signed three pieces of the 2014-15 K-12 budget Wednesday — but he hasn’t yet acted on the biggest piece of the $1.37 billion budget. The three bills Otter signed Wednesday account for about two-fifths of the overall

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Day 74 at the #idleg, Storified

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Students Come First opponent joins Balukoff campaign

Democratic gubernatorial candidate A.J. Balukoff added a familiar name to his campaign team Friday: the founder of the group that spearheaded the campaign to vote down Propositions 1, 2 and 3. Mike Lanza Mike Lanza, co-founder of Idaho Parents and

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Breaking down the Idaho school broadband budget deal

Legislative budget-writers have cut a deal — and drafted a plan — to keep Idaho’s high school broadband network online through February. On Thursday, the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee approved a $4.8 million bailout for the beleaguered Idaho Education Network. This would

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