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The election 2014 rumor mill: Here’s one dead end

Linda Clark may be the most politically active school superintendent in the state. Meridian superintendent Linda Clark The Meridian School District superintendent commonly shows up at the Statehouse to testify on legislation. This year, Clark was a vocal supporter of several

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Get a look at new Idaho assessments

Idaho is moving to a new test to measure student academic progress in 2015 as part of its adoption of  the Idaho Core Standards. You can get a peek at a practice test at http://www.smarterbalanced.org/practice-test/. To access the tests by

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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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Idaho lobbyist Eiguren hangs another shingle, joining third firm in a year

Longtime lawyer-lobbyist Roy Eiguren has formed the Eiguren Fisher Public Policy Firm, the third outfit for which Eiguren has worked in the past year. According to the firm’s new website, their expertise “includes procurements, retail, natural resources, mining, energy development,

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Indiana slows Common Core adoption — should Idaho?

Indiana has “hit the pause button” on implementing Common Core to conduct a thorough review of the educational standards supported by nearly every state to retool and increase rigor in public education. Common Core is facing criticism in a number

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Luna foe abandons third recall effort, calls Idaho voters lazy, apathetic, spineless

Comedian and former gubernatorial candidate Pete Peterson has finally given up on his underfunded campaign to remove Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna from office this fall, a year before he faces re-election to a third term. Late last month,

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In Coeur d’Alene, Common Core constitutional questions (UPDATED)

(UPDATED, 2:07 p.m., with comments from Luna spokeswoman Melissa McGrath.) Tom Luna took the case for Common Core to Coeur d’Alene Thursday. And the superintendent of public instruction heard some feedback on 10th Amendment issues. Tom Luna Luna — who

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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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Smylie’s indictment of Luna a signal of 2014 candidacy? Maybe.

Kevin Richert of Idaho Education News has a fascinating post this morning about the prospect of former GOP Rep. Steve Smylie of Boise making another run at Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna next year. Luna, who beat Smylie by

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Smylie sounds like a candidate, but he’s ‘resisting’ another run

At Thursday’s education reform task force hearing in Boise, former state Rep. Steve Smylie delivered an emotional indictment of the education system. Steve Smylie The son of former Gov. Robert Smylie — the Republican who crafted a sales tax in 1965

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