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Idaho K-12 budget cuts among the steepest in the nation

During the recession, Idaho’s public school budget cuts were among the deepest in the nation. And while Idaho’s 2013-14 public school budget included a $28.6 million increase, the added money merely kept pace with inflation and enrollment growth. These are two

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Judge further narrows student fee lawsuit

And then there was one: a single Idaho school district facing a lawsuit over student fees. On Friday, a district judge dismissed 65 school districts from a case alleging that student fees violate the state Constitution — and its mandate that the

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Idaho’s low per-pupil spending: Is there a family factor?

Once again, the U.S. Census Bureau has ranked Idaho next to last in per-pupil spending. State superintendent Tom Luna And reacting to this familiar news, Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna made a familiar argument to explain the numbers. One factor

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The session’s last big education debate: an analysis

On the last day of the 2013 legislative session, lawmakers had one final big debate about education. Not about the $1.3 billion budget. That bill passed both houses easily Thursday morning, after about a total of 20 minutes’ debate. The last

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Roadmap leads to next week, with early break for Easter in Idaho Senate

Senate Majority Leader Bart Davis opened Thursday’s floor session with his customary “roadmap,” which is considerably more complex following Wednesday’s 18-17 Senate vote to kill the K-12 schools budget. “Let’s try to smile through the day,” said Davis, R-Idaho Falls,

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