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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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The changing face of Statehouse coverage

Fewer newspaper reporters are covering state government. And more nontraditional news organizations are stepping in to fill some of the void. Those are two important takeaway points from a Pew Research Center study — “America’s Shifting Statehouse Press” — released last week.

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FCC approves plan to boost WiFi spending in schools

In a vote that could have dramatic implications for schools in Idaho and across the nation, the Federal Communications Commission voted Friday to put $1 billion a year into WiFi systems. The plan could provide 259,187 Idaho students with WiFi access, according

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Could feds help pay for WiFi in Idaho schools?

The federally administered “e-rate” funding program — much maligned by state elected officials — could actually provide a boon to Idaho. The Federal Communications Commission is looking at new rules that could free up e-rate money for WiFi in 726 Idaho schools

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Cronin seeks Boise School Board seat

Former state Rep. Brian Cronin — a leading opponent of Propositions 1, 2 and 3 — has filed for an open two-year seat on the Boise School Board. Cronin, a Boise Democrat, served in the Legislature from 2008 to 2012. He did not

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Nampa trustees, teachers to vote on contract

When the Nampa School Board holds its first meeting of the 2014-15 fiscal year, trustees will consider a master agreement that restores 14 unpaid furlough days. Trustees will vote on the deal Tuesday night. The meeting begins with a 7 p.m.

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Democrats wrap up a harmonious convention

MOSCOW — Now what? By sheer convention metrics, Idaho Democrats did what Idaho Republicans failed to do a week earlier. They concluded their business Saturday afternoon with a party platform and united leadership. Idaho Democratic Party chairman Larry Kenck presides over the

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Superintendent’s race: Jones enjoys considerable fundraising edge

Unopposed in the Democratic primary, state superintendent’s candidate Jana Jones enters the general election with more than a 70-to-1 advantage in cash on hand. The fundraising in the superintendent’s race has been relatively modest — on both sides. But Jones

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Ybarra raised only $300 in runup to primary win

Mountain Home administrator Sherri Ybarra raised only $300 in the weeks leading up to her surprise win in the May 20 GOP primary for state schools superintendent. Sherri Ybarra Ybarra has filed her post-primary campaign finance report — although the

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After Facebook flap, Pocatello schools craft social media policy

Months after teacher Laraine Cook was fired over a risqué Facebook photo — sparking a controversy that attracted national and international media attention — the Pocatello/Chubbuck School District is inching its way toward establishing a social media policy. The policy

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