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What’s the story behind those destroyed State Board applications?

This week, Gov. Butch Otter’s office released paperwork on some — but not all — of the Idahoans who applied for two vacant spots on the State Board of Education. The rest of the applications no longer exist, according to the governor’s

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Documents shed some light on some State Board applicants

Newly appointed State Board of Education member David Hill of Boise pointed up his resume with federal energy labs — and his involvement in higher education issues in Idaho. Meanwhile, fellow appointee Debbie Critchfield of Oakley touted her work with

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Budget-writers focus in on 60 percent postsecondary goal

The Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee’s “Education Week” began Monday morning with a few questions about the State Board of Education’s main goal: convincing 60 percent of Idahoans to pursue a postsecondary degree. Don Soltman, State Board of Education State Board president Don

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The K-12 budget blowback: What does it signal?

Bill Goesling Was last week’s blowback over Tom Luna’s K-12 budget proposal a one-shot deal, or a sign of deeper discontent? When two State Board of Education members criticized the state superintendent’s proposal, they said the $77 million increase would come at the expense

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Teach for America plans an ambitious Idaho rollout

By fall 2014, Teach for America hopes to place 30 recent college graduates in Idaho classrooms. These graduates — members of the Teach for America “corps,” in the private group’s parlance — will spend a week in the underserved communities where they

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What the K-12 task force wants to discuss, and what it doesn’t want to discuss

The governor’s education reform task force wraps up its statewide road show Thursday night in Boise. If this listening session goes like the preceding six, it’s likely that the testimony will focus on funding and Idaho Core Standards, the state’s version of the

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