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About face: Meridian board, North Star come to an agreement

In a quick about-face, the Meridian School District and North Star Charter School have a deal for 2013-14. On Thursday morning, the school board rescinded its plans to revoke the cash-strapped Eagle school’s operating charter. Board members gave their unanimous approval to a plan

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Closing a charter school: a boon, or a burden, for Meridian schools? (UPDATED)

(UPDATED, 10:24 a.m. Tuesday, to reflect new information from the state Department of Education.) If North Star Charter School closes in 2013-14, what becomes of the Eagle school’s 900 students — and the state dollars earmarked to educate them? The

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Meridian puts its case against North Star in writing

For Eagle’s financially strapped North Star Charter School, the procedural clock began ticking Wednesday. A day after the Meridian School Board voted to revoke North Star’s charter, district Superintendent Linda Clark sent a formal revocation notice Wednesday. This gives one of Idaho’s

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Meridian School Board to decide North Star charter’s fate

When the Meridian School Board meets tonight, trustees will discuss the district’s 2013-14 budget — and also the fate of North Star Charter School, an Eagle K-12 school with 920 students and a $640,000 shortfall. North Star is on firm financial

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For DeMordaunt, North Star charter plight hits home

Reed DeMordaunt founded North Star Charter School, but he hasn’t served on the school’s board since May 2004. Rep. Reed DeMordaunt, R-Eagle But like other parents, he has pitched in when and where he can, from cleaning floors to hanging whiteboards

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Senate amends charter school bill — significantly

For Ken Burgess, a lobbyist representing charter school advocates, it was a dreaded scenario. His two controversial charter school bills on the Senate’s “amending order” — where any senator could offer up changes. When the Senate met late Wednesday afternoon, Burgess’

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State Board of Ed noncommittal on charter bills

A controversial charter school bill passed the House Tuesday. But late Tuesday afternoon, the State Board of Education opted not to vote. The board decided not to endorse or oppose House Bill 206, which earmarks $1.4 million for charter school facilities, and House Bill

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