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Idaho Democrats to rally Saturday for public education in seven cities

Idaho’s minority party, which owes its biggest success to candidates stressing support of public education, will hold education events in seven cities across the state Saturday. “These events let elected leaders know education is a priority for Idahoans,” says a

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Analysis: Otter’s cautionary budget tone

The state’s 2012-13 budget year ended with another robust month of tax collections. And cautionary words from Gov. Butch Otter. “Don’t get the idea that we’re flush just because we ended the budget year with a few extra bucks,” Otter said

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Teach for America gets OK to operate in Idaho

More than 100 Idahoans have already participated in Teach for America — a program that encourages highly qualified college seniors to put their long-term career goals on hold to teach in underserved public schools for at least two years. To date, however,

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National study gives spotty grades to Idaho education colleges

When it comes to preparing teachers for the classroom, Idaho colleges and universities get a “D” grade, according to a Washington, D.C.-based group. The new National Council on Teacher Quality report found Idaho teacher education programs lacking in several areas. Among the findings:

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A closer look at Nampa’s latest school shakeup

On Tuesday night, the Nampa School Board went against their interim superintendent, and in a big way. Thomas Michaelson The board refused to act on one of Thomas Michaelson’s big cost-cutting proposals: a plan to slash elementary school counseling, music and

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For would-be Boise school board candidates, the clock is ticking

Six candidates have put their name in for an opening on the Boise School Board. The application deadline is 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. The applications are available online — but applicants must drop off their materials in person at the district’s offices, 8169

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Will Nampa schools seek a third supplemental levy?

Will the Nampa School District ask voters to approve a third property tax levy to help stop the flow of red ink? It’s hard to say. But it appears the idea will come up for discussion Tuesday night. An item

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Vallivue voters face a $50 million question

The Vallivue School District is rooted in Canyon County’s rural past. The 145-square-mile district was formed in 1961, when 13 one-building districts merged to build a junior-senior high school. But Vallivue High School, sitting in open acreage south of Caldwell,

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Nampa School Board gets a short-lived round of applause

It’s been a rough few months for the Nampa School District, so school board members need to take their standing ovations when they can get them. The board received just such a rousing round of applause Tuesday night, after voting

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For Idaho schools, a $3 million dash for the cash is under way

Rob Sauer isn’t sure his Homedale School District will apply for a share of the $3 million available for technology pilot projects. On Monday — as state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna was announcing the bidding process — Sauer said his

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