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April Fools’: GOP opponent Chmelik chides Lt. Gov. Little in fundraising letter

Idaho County Commissioner Jim Chmelik begins a new fundraising letter with a report of the “stunning turn of events” that Lt. Gov. Brad Little phoned President Obama “to tell him he has decided to change his tune and will now,

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Idaho’s Fulcher: Follow Indiana’s lead and drop Common Core

Monday’s decision by Indiana Gov. Mike Pence to sign legislation making his state the first to abandon adopting Common Core standards for K-12 schools was hailed Wednesday by Sen. Russ Fulcher. “I applaud Indiana Governor Mike Pence and the Indiana

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Fulcher launches anti-Common Core petition drive

Gubernatorial candidate Russ Fulcher — who endorsed the new Idaho Core Standards three years ago — is now launching an online petition drive urging the state to dump the standards. From the Fulcher campaign website: Sen. Russ Fulcher, R-Meridian “Idahoans want a

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Twenty questions, more or less, on Common Core exam

After a heated hearing on a new test aligned to Common Core standards, Chairman John Goedde urged Senate Education Committee members to submit written questions to state education officials. Sen. Steven Thayn took Goedde up on the suggestion — and with gusto.

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Teacher survey: a schooling in Common Core?

A solid majority of teachers support the new Idaho Core Standards, according to a survey commissioned by a conservative group opposing the standards. In a survey of 402 teachers in December, conducted by the Idaho Freedom Foundation, 59 percent of

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Time, ground rules set for Statehouse Common Core showdown

If you have questions about Idaho Core Standards, you have one week to get them written up and sent in. The Legislature’s education committees will take your questions on the controversial math and English language arts standards, then filter them

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Statehouse Common Core showdown Jan. 22

Circle Jan. 22 on your calendars. That’s when the Senate and House education committees will hold a joint meeting to discuss the controversial Idaho Core Standards. It’s not going to be a public hearing per se. The public won’t be

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Thayn opposes Common Core assessments

Sen. Steven Thayn, R-Emmett The school superintendents opposing a time-consuming test aligned to Common Core standards have an unlikely ally: Sen. Steven Thayn. The Emmett Republican tells Idaho Education News that he has spoken to Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom

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A potential power struggle over Common Core tests

The superintendents identify themselves as members of the Southern Idaho Conference — a throwback to the times that their meetings focused on hashing out football schedules. These days, the superintendents are taking on more substantive matters — such as how

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State, Treasure Valley districts spar over Common Core tests

As the state launches its new Idaho Core Standards, the state and several of its largest school districts are at odds about how to test students this spring. Boise schools Superintendent Don Coberly The district superintendents say the new Smarter Balanced Assessment

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