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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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Boise schools sign on (a little) with SIlverback

An intriguing tech tidbit from this week’s Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee road show: The Boise School District has chosen a Boise-based company to help track English language learners. The district will work with Silverback Learning Solutions, a company that markets Mileposts

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Meridian school vote prompts fundraising effort

Two weeks after Meridian trustees voted to keep a controversial novel in administrative limbo, two women are raising money to put the book into students’ hands. Jennifer Lott of Spokane, Wash, and Sara Baker of Seattle are raising money to buy

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Don Coberly’s tale of two high schools

Like many school superintendents, Don Coberly likes to look at measurables. Don Coberly But Boise’s district superintendent also blogs about what the statistics have to say. This week, Coberly wrote an interesting blog comparing Boise and Capital high schools, and their college

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The Meridian book decision: the Twitter backlash

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Balukoff staffer yanked from Otter K-12 task force

A member of Gov. Butch Otter’s education task force has been excluded from the group’s followup work — because he is now working for one of Otter’s election-year opponents. Mike Lanza Mike Lanza — a paid member of Democratic gubernatorial

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Levy defeat inspires Kuna mother to start a petition drive

  Amber Abercrombie doesn’t usually get involved in politics. A mother of two children in the Kuna School District and wife of a Boise policeman, Abercrombie raises her family and works from home as a freelance copywriter and copyeditor. But

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A $208.9 million school election day

$208,877,000. That’s the bottom line from a busy election night across the state. All told, voters approved just shy of $209 million in school levies and bond issues, according to an Idaho Education News analysis of election results. By and

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Balukoff: JFAC’s K-12 budget proposal falls short

A proposed 5.1 percent budget increase for public schools doesn’t go far enough, Democratic gubernatorial candidate A.J. Balukoff said Monday. A.J. Balukoff “I applaud the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee for producing a budget that goes 2 percent beyond the governor’s proposed

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Idaho puts up millions for Core training

Idaho has put millions of dollars into training instructors in teaching  Idaho Core Standards. Training teachers is shaping up as a key issue in the success the standards, which were rolled out into district in fall and outline what students

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