Education http://boisestatepublicradio.org en Free Copies Of Controversial Sherman Alexie Novel Available To Meridian Students http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/free-copies-controversial-sherman-alexie-novel-available-meridian-students <p>Students in Meridian will have a chance to get a free copy of Sherman Alexie's book "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian" after the school board <a href="http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/meridian-school-district-removes-sherman-alexie-novel-curriculum">voted to remove the novel</a> from its curriculum.</p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 17:01:07 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders 43917 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Free Copies Of Controversial Sherman Alexie Novel Available To Meridian Students Campaign To Get Sherman Alexie Book To Idaho Students Tops Goal http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/campaign-get-sherman-alexie-book-idaho-students-tops-goal <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/04/041814JR_AlexieBan_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Two women in Washington have raised enough money to send 350 copies of a controversial book by Sherman Alexie to students in Meridian, Idaho.<p> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:35:00 +0000 Jessica Robinson 43749 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Campaign To Get Sherman Alexie Book To Idaho Students Tops Goal College Tuition Hikes Approved For Idaho Schools http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/college-tuition-hikes-approved-idaho-schools <p></p><p>The Idaho State Board of Education has approved tuition increases.</p><p>The board on Wednesday approved an increase of 4 percent at the University of Idaho and Boise State University.</p><p>Idaho State University will see a 3.5 percent increase and Lewis-Clark State College a 2 percent increase.</p><p>The increases mean full-time students at the University of Idaho will pay $6,784 a year and Boise State students will pay $6,640.</p><p>Idaho State University tuition rises to $6,566, while tuition at Lewis-Clark State College jumps to $5,900.</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:09:04 +0000 Associated Press 43635 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org College Tuition Hikes Approved For Idaho Schools BYU-Idaho Makes List Of Most Underrated Colleges http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/byu-idaho-makes-list-most-underrated-colleges <p>Leaders at many of Idaho’s colleges and universities would argue their schools don’t get the credit they deserve. But the most underrated is Mormon Church-owned Brigham Young University-Idaho, at least according to the news website <a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/underrated-college-in-every-state-2014-4?utm_source=slate&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_term=partner" target="_blank">Business Insider</a>.</p> Sat, 12 Apr 2014 13:44:08 +0000 Adam Cotterell 43369 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org BYU-Idaho Makes List Of Most Underrated Colleges Meridian School District Removes Sherman Alexie Novel From Curriculum http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/meridian-school-district-removes-sherman-alexie-novel-curriculum <p></p><p>Trustees at the Meridian School District in southwest Idaho have voted to remove an award winning novel from the school's curriculum after some parents complained.</p><p><a href="http://bit.ly/1dMWSSm">The Idaho Statesman reports</a> in a story on Wednesday that trustees voted 2-1 to keep in place a hold on "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian" by Sherman Alexie.</p><p>The National Book Award winning novel is narrated by a 14-year-old whose transfer makes him the only Native American in an all-white school.</p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 15:53:46 +0000 Associated Press 42799 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Meridian School District Removes Sherman Alexie Novel From Curriculum Idaho Kids Take New High-Tech Test This Week http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-kids-take-new-high-tech-test-week <p>Idaho school kids in 3rd through 8th, and 11th<sup> </sup>grades will be taking a new test starting Monday. The Smarter Balanced Assessment replaces the I-SAT which Idaho had been using to measure student achievement for years. Smarter Balanced is based on <a href="http://boisestatepublicradio.org/topic/your-ultimate-guide-common-core-idaho">the Common Core standards</a> Idaho and most other states have adopted. Students in more than 20 states are taking it this week.</p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 18:21:40 +0000 Adam Cotterell 42555 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Kids Take New High-Tech Test This Week Boise State Sets Policy As It Prepares For Guns On Campus http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/boise-state-sets-policy-it-prepares-guns-campus <p>Boise State University has released its preliminary plans for implementing the state’s new guns-on-campus law. It and other state colleges and universities have until July 1 before the law goes into effect.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The update from the university came in the form of an email Thursday from university president Bob </span>Kustra<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. He says the school is in the process of revising policies and procedures and that administrators have already made several decisions.&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 17:02:41 +0000 Scott Graf 42062 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Boise State Sets Policy As It Prepares For Guns On Campus Idaho House Passes $1.37B Budget For Schools http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-house-passes-137b-budget-schools <p></p><p>Lawmakers in Idaho's House of Representatives have approved the state's public schools budget, including a 1 percent pay increase for teachers and administrators and money to improve classroom technology.</p><p>The House passed the $1.37 billion budget in a series of seven bills on Wednesday evening. The money represents about a 5 percent increase over last year. It now goes to the Senate.</p><p>Supporters said they felt it was important hold some money back this year to rebuild the state's coffers in case the economy again turns sour.</p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 17:14:24 +0000 Associated Press 42051 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho House Passes $1.37B Budget For Schools Coeur d'Alene Tribe Donates $1.2 Million To School Programs http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/coeur-dalene-tribe-donates-12-million-school-programs <p></p><p>The Coeur d'Alene Tribe has donated $1.2 million to 52 educational programs in Idaho.</p><p><a href="http://bit.ly/1cFuIYA">The Coeur d'Alene Press reports</a> the tribe made the announcement Thursday.</p><p>The money is going to support educational efforts ranging from reading, music, arts, science, college scholarship programs and vocational preparation.</p><p>The chairman of the Coeur d'Alene Tribe, Chief Allen, says the money will allow students to focus on learning.</p><p>Most of the money was distributed in Kootenai and Benewah counties in northern Idaho.</p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 15:42:00 +0000 Associated Press 41843 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Coeur d'Alene Tribe Donates $1.2 Million To School Programs Election Roundup: Voters Approve Most School Levies Across Idaho http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/election-roundup-voters-approve-most-school-levies-across-idaho <blockquote><p><a href="http://magicvalley.com/news/local/education/new-schools-approved-by-twin-falls-voters/article_f81d300a-a99e-11e3-b5a0-0019bb2963f4.html" target="_blank"><strong>Three New Schools Approved By Twin Falls Voters</strong>:</a> Twin Falls voters on Tuesday approved the biggest local school district bond ever — nearly $74 million to build three schools and pay for other facility projects. The total vote reached 67.7 percent — the required supermajority — with 3,079 voters supporting the request and 1,469 voters opposed. - Times-News</p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 16:09:31 +0000 BSPR 41570 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho School Districts Increasingly Rely On Levies To Pay The Bills http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-school-districts-increasingly-rely-levies-pay-bills <p>School districts across Idaho will be asking voters to approve supplemental levies Tuesday.&nbsp;That includes Meridian, Nampa, and Kuna. Districts going to voters for more money has become commonplace in recent years.</p><p>A little more than a decade ago, about a third of Idaho schools had levies in place. Now it’s two thirds, according to Mike Ferguson, head of the non-profit research group&nbsp;Idaho Center for Fiscal Policy. In that time, the money coming from levies has tripled to about $190 million.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 12:30:00 +0000 Adam Cotterell 41334 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho School Districts Increasingly Rely On Levies To Pay The Bills State Of Idaho Won't Pursue Disciplinary Action Against Pocatello Coach http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/state-idaho-wont-pursue-disciplinary-action-against-pocatello-coach <p>The Idaho Attorney General's office has notified an eastern Idaho teacher that the state Department of Education is not going to pursue disciplinary action against her teaching certificate.</p><p>The Idaho State Journal in a story on Wednesday reports that Deputy Attorney General Andrew J. Snook notified Laraine Cook the office reviewed her case and found insufficient basis to go forward.</p><p>Cook was dismissed as a substitute teacher in Pocatello Chubbuck School District 25 in October over a photograph posted on her Facebook page showing her fiance touching her bikini-clad chest.</p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 17:27:10 +0000 Associated Press 40435 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org State Of Idaho Won't Pursue Disciplinary Action Against Pocatello Coach Most Idaho Schools Are Too Easy To Walk Into, Safety Report Finds http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/most-idaho-schools-are-too-easy-walk-safety-report-finds <p>Idaho’s Department of Education Monday released the results of an independent <a href="http://www.sde.idaho.gov/site/safe_secure/docs/Safety%20Assessment%20Executive%20Summary.pdf" target="_blank">assessment of safety and security</a> at the state’s schools.</p><p>This assessment was recommended by a school safety task force assembled in 2012 after the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. Matt McCarter oversaw the task force work for the department.</p> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 16:28:03 +0000 Adam Cotterell 40241 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Most Idaho Schools Are Too Easy To Walk Into, Safety Report Finds Idaho Isn't Very Fair About How It Doles Out School Cash, Report Finds http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-isnt-very-fair-about-how-it-doles-out-school-cash-report-finds <p></p><p>A <a href="http://www.schoolfundingfairness.org/National_Report_Card_2014.pdf" target="_blank">report</a> from the New Jersey-based advocacy group the <a href="http://www.edlawcenter.org/home.html" target="_blank">Education Law Center,</a> says Idaho does not do a good job spending its education money fairly for all students.</p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 14:30:00 +0000 Adam Cotterell 39844 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Isn't Very Fair About How It Doles Out School Cash, Report Finds Luna: Idaho May Have To Repay $13.3 Million In Education Broadband Cash http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/luna-idaho-may-have-repay-133-million-education-broadband-cash <p></p><p>Idaho may have to repay $13.3 million if federal officials determine the state broke contracting rules on a $60 million education broadband project mired in a lawsuit for nearly as long as it's existed.</p><p>Department of Administration director Teresa Luna told the House Education Committee that even should Idaho prevail in the legal case, it still could be forced to repay the money that's gone to the Idaho Education Network.</p><p>The project is already growing far more expensive than Idaho intended.</p> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 18:53:57 +0000 Associated Press 39949 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Luna: Idaho May Have To Repay $13.3 Million In Education Broadband Cash Twin Falls Wants Voters To Approve $74 Million Bond To Ease School Overcrowding http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/twin-falls-wants-voters-approve-74-million-bond-ease-school-overcrowding <p>The Twin Falls School District is asking voters for $73.8 million in the form of a 25 year bond. <a href="http://www.tfsd.k12.id.us/tfsd/Bond%20Election%202014/Bond%20Election%202014%20FINAL-share.pdf" target="_blank">The district says</a> it needs the money because their elementary schools are overcrowded and their middle and high schools soon will be.</p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 14:05:00 +0000 Adam Cotterell 39441 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Twin Falls Wants Voters To Approve $74 Million Bond To Ease School Overcrowding Idaho Schools Chief Tom Luna Won't Seek Re-election http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-schools-chief-tom-luna-wont-seek-re-election <p></p><p>Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna won't run for re-election, clearing the way for Democrats and Republicans in a race for an open seat.</p><p>Luna said Monday he decided not to run, feared his candidacy would become a political distraction and take away from his efforts to implement recommendations of a recent task force.</p><p>Luna says he's talked with former Republican state Sen. Melinda Smyser, wife of a prominent Capitol lobbyist, about running if he doesn't.</p><p>But he said he's not yet ready to endorse anybody.</p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 18:08:36 +0000 Associated Press 39169 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Schools Chief Tom Luna Won't Seek Re-election Idaho Common Core Opponents And Supporters Line Up For Battle http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-common-core-opponents-and-supporters-line-battle <p>Idaho and 44 other states now use the <a href="http://boisestatepublicradio.org/topic/your-ultimate-guide-common-core-idaho" target="_blank">Common Core State Standards</a>. But public discomfort with this set of learning objectives has been growing, and lawmakers in several states have tried to get rid of them.</p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 17:51:12 +0000 Adam Cotterell 38877 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Common Core Opponents And Supporters Line Up For Battle Common Core 101: Your Introductory Course To Idaho’s Education Standards http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/common-core-101-your-introductory-course-idaho-s-education-standards <p>Idaho school kids are now being taught using a new set of standards known as Common Core. Idaho lawmakers signed off on the standards three years ago, but there’s growing opposition for them to reconsider.</p><p>We’ll be reporting on Common Core in Idaho over the next few months, but first, the basics. Our education reporter Adam Cotterell gave Morning Edition host Scott Graf a tutorial.</p><p><strong>Q: Adam, what is Common Core?</strong></p> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 19:02:43 +0000 Adam Cotterell 38846 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Common Core 101: Your Introductory Course To Idaho’s Education Standards Your Ultimate Guide To Common Core In Idaho http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/your-ultimate-guide-common-core-idaho <p>Idaho public school kids had a new set of learning objectives guiding their schools' curriculum and their teachers' lessons when they arrived for the start of the 2013 school year. These are the Common Core State Standards. They cover math and English language arts, which includes reading, writing and related subjects.<br /><br />The Common Core (which Idaho’s Department of Education now refers to as the Idaho Core Standards) was developed by a consortium of states and has been adopted by 45, the District of Columbia and four U.S. territories.</p><blockquote><p><strong>Timeline</strong></p> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 16:34:05 +0000 Adam Cotterell 38795 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Your Ultimate Guide To Common Core In Idaho