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Survey highlights local concerns with school data collection

How unpopular is the Idaho System for Educational Excellence — the state’s far-reaching and labor-intensive network for collecting student data? Consider a few damning numbers from a recent survey of local school officials: In all, 77 percent of local school officials

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The WiFi deal: Several bidders beat winning contractor on price

The state Education Department received 10 bids for its controversial high school WiFi contract — including four that were less expensive than the winning bid. Education Networks of America‘s price tag — $2,111,655 for the first year, $10,558,275 over five

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WiFi deal: State downplays discrepancy in its request for bids

When the state Education Department went out for bids on the controversial WiFi installation project, the department issued a list of 333 schools that could qualify for the service. It turns out that the state’s own list was inaccurate — inflated, by roughly

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School ‘star rating’ appeals increase sharply

Nearly 160 Idaho schools are appealing their state “star ratings” — a crucial report card that determines whether a school needs to file a plan for improving student growth and student achievement, and whether a school is struggling and needs

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Priced to move: State Ed Department offers surplus items to schools

From the “waste not, want not” file comes this item from the state Department of Education’s weekly email newsletter. All items free to good home — or school, actually: Surplus Items – The Idaho State Department of Education has the following

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Analysis: What’s the education reform task force’s next move?

After the three-hour listening session wrapped up Thursday night, Richard Westerberg got another earful. Flanked by two staffers, the State Board of Education member was buttonholed by about a dozen opponents of Common Core, the academic standards on track to

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In Dietrich, a teacher’s ‘fight back’

The Twin Falls Times-News had an interesting in-depth article Sunday on Tim McDaniel — a science teacher in the small town of Dietrich, who has been at the center of national attention. The state is investigating a series of complaints against McDaniel

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Registration is now open for Idaho high school juniors who want to take SAT exam

Registration has opened for Idaho’s SAT School Day, a free, in-school college entrance exam scheduled for Wednesday, April 17, the State Department of Education announced Tuesday. Last year, more than 16,000 juniors across the state took the test, so more

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