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Wanted: Your questions for KIVI superintendent debate

Official sign the election is near: debates. I’ll be on a panel Wednesday with Kevin Richert from Idaho Education News and Don Nelson, and Michelle Edmonds from KIVI, quizzing Republican Superintendent of Public Instruction candidates. Candidates Andy Grover, Melba superintendent;

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Author of controversial ‘Part-Time Indian’ novel coming to Boise

Sherman Alexie, whose novel “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” created controversy after the Meridian School District pulled it off a 10th grade supplemental reading list earlier this year, is coming to Boise in March. He is part

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‘Part-Time Indian’ novel will go to teens for free Wednesday

Copies of a controversial book pulled from Meridian School District’s 10th grade supplemental reading list will be handed out to teens at no cost Wednesday. The book, “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” by Sherman Alexie, will be

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Kuna levy gets scrutiny at chamber lunch

Kuna School District’s two year, $3.19 million-a-year  levy is getting a lot of attention this time around. The latest evidence: A spirited presentation and question -and-answer discussion at the Kuna Chamber of Commerce meeting Thursday. Steve Ackerman, an opponent and

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State Board cuts BSU, U of I tuition increase requests

The Idaho State Board of Education approved a 5.5 percent tuition increase for full time Boise State students next year down from 6.1 percent the school requested Wednesday. That means students will pay an additional $348 dollars a year instead

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Kuna chamber looks at both sides of school levy

The Kuna Chamber of Commerce will hold a discussion on the upcoming Kuna School District levy at its meeting at 11:45 a.m. Thursday at Kuna City Hall, 763 West Avalon. Supporters and opponents of the two year, $3.19 million-a-year levy

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Superintendent candidate says give to schools, not his campaign

Here is a rarity in politics: A candidate running for office NOT asking for your money. Randy Jensen, a middle school principal from American Falls, is asking supporters to give money to their schools instead of to his campaign in

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Boise high schools earn top rankings

Boise School District’s four traditional high schools were among the top in the country based on a rating from the Washington Post. Out of 2,020 schools that made the list, Boise High was 402; Timberline High, 959; Capital High, 1,496;

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Here’s your chance to learn about Kuna’s school levy

Kuna School District’s upcoming supplemental levy vote on May 20 won’t be as quiet as the last one. For starters, eight meetings are planned for people to come hear about the levy and ask questions.  School district representatives will be

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The absolutely true story of what happened to that book in Meridian

We’ve received lots of comments on our Statesman website and Facebook page on my story about what Meridian School District did with a controversial 10th-grade book titled “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” at its Tuesday trustees meeting.

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