Education http://boisestatepublicradio.org en Report: More Idaho Children Live In Poverty, Education Outcomes Slide http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/report-more-idaho-children-live-poverty-education-outcomes-slide <p></p><p>The number of Idaho kids living in poverty has risen to 21 percent,<strong> </strong>that's a 3 percent increase since 2005. That means at least 87,000 Idaho children were living in poverty in 2012. The poverty statistic is just one of the findings in the annual <a href="http://www.aecf.org/inner-circle/embargoed-2014-kids-count-data-book/" target="_blank">Kids Count report</a> from the Annie E. Casey Foundation.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:40:31 +0000 Adam Cotterell 49229 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Report: More Idaho Children Live In Poverty, Education Outcomes Slide Boise State Rescinds Fines For Gun Rights Events http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/boise-state-rescinds-fines-gun-rights-events <p></p><p>Boise State University officials say they will rescind the security fines they placed on a student group for bringing a guns right advocate earlier this year to speak at the campus.</p><p>However, university attorney Kevin Satterlee says BSU will not change its event policies as requested by the Idaho Freedom Foundation and American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 19:05:56 +0000 Associated Press 49077 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Boise State Rescinds Fines For Gun Rights Events How The Upward Bound College Program Helped One Idahoan Change His Life http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/how-upward-bound-college-program-helped-one-idahoan-change-his-life <p>Boise State University this week is joining hundreds of colleges and universities around the country to celebrate the 50th anniversary of a program that helps kids go on to college. Upward Bound recruits low-income kids who would be the first in their families to go to college. <a href="http://www.coenet.us/COE_Prod_Imis/COE/NAV_Events/Upward_Bound_50th_Anniversary.aspx?WebsiteKey=b12f8263-178f-40a8-8d8c-6c9b4e9bdf71&amp;hkey=dea985d9-3485-4f67-b4bd-47a3004b6622&amp;Tabs=4" target="_blank">More than 2 million people have participated</a> in the last half-century.</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 18:56:32 +0000 Adam Cotterell 48996 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org How The Upward Bound College Program Helped One Idahoan Change His Life ACLU Calls On Boise State To Change Event Policies http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/aclu-calls-boise-state-change-event-policies <p>The American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho has joined the Idaho Freedom Foundation urging Boise State University to reconsider its on-campus event policies.</p><p>Earlier this month, IFF officials said they were willing to pursue all options, including a lawsuit, against BSU unless the school revises its event polices. The IFF objects to the way school officials handled a Second Amendment rights event in May.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 20:25:48 +0000 Associated Press 48955 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Boise State Ends Lawsuit With The American Athletic Conference For $2.3 M http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/boise-state-ends-lawsuit-american-athletic-conference-23-m <div><p>Boise State University says it has agreed to pay $2.3 million to the American Athletic Conference as a negotiated exit fee, ending long-running litigation.</p><p></p></div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In 2011, Boise State had planned to become a football-only member of the Big East conference, as it was called then. But after the conference broke apart Boise State chose to keep most of its sports teams in the Mountain West Conference.</span></p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 23:01:26 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders 48223 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Boise State Ends Lawsuit With The American Athletic Conference For $2.3 M Idaho’s Largest School District To Change Its Name http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-s-largest-school-district-change-its-name <p>Idaho’s largest school district is changing its name. The Meridian school board voted Tuesday night to adopt the name West Ada School District, <a href="http://www.mymeridianpress.com/news/western-ada-school-district-to-be-new-name-for-meridian/article_758e9dc2-fc0f-11e3-a829-001a4bcf887a.html" target="_blank">according to the Meridian Press</a>.</p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 14:26:21 +0000 Adam Cotterell 47680 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Students Looking At A Re-do After Charter School Falls Short http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-students-looking-re-do-after-charter-school-falls-short <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/06/062314JR_Charter.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>About 30 high school freshmen and sophomores who attended <a href="http://www.ocsidaho.org/home.html">Odyssey Charter School</a> in Idaho Falls, Idaho, may have to repeat classes -- or even an entire grade -- next year after the <a href="http://chartercommission.idaho.gov/">Idaho Public Charter School Commission</a> found their fledgling school failed to measure up.<p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 00:37:00 +0000 Jessica Robinson 47613 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org 3 Idaho University Presidents Receive Pay Raises http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/3-idaho-university-presidents-receive-pay-raises <p></p><p>The State Board of Education unanimously approved Monday pay increases for three Idaho university presidents.</p><p><a href="http://bit.ly/U9tBZx">The Lewiston Tribune reports</a> that presidents of Boise State University and Idaho State University will receive 5 percent raises starting Sunday. The Lewis-Clark State College president will receive a 3 percent pay increase.</p><p>The raises follow performance evaluations conducted in May.</p><p>BSU President Bob Kustra's salary will become $371,000, up from his current annual salary of about $353,000.</p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 19:13:59 +0000 Associated Press 46443 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org 3 Idaho University Presidents Receive Pay Raises How A Boise State Class Is Using Yoga To Help Sexual Assault Victims http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/how-boise-state-class-using-yoga-help-sexual-assault-victims <p><a href="http://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pdf/sv-datasheet-a.pdf" target="_blank">The Centers for Disease Control</a> <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pdf/sv-datasheet-a.pdf" target="_blank">says</a> one in five women is sexually assaulted in college, a statistic that prompted the <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/docs/report_0.pdf" target="_blank">White House to release guidelines</a> to help those victims. Thu, 29 May 2014 17:10:31 +0000 Jessica Murri 46158 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org How A Boise State Class Is Using Yoga To Help Sexual Assault Victims New University Of Idaho President Talks About The Future, Funding And Guns On Campus http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/new-university-idaho-president-talks-about-future-funding-and-guns-campus <p>Chuck Staben started his new job as president of the University of Idaho in March. Staben came to Moscow from the University of South Dakota where he was a provost. Before that, he was a vice president at the University of Kentucky, and before that, he was a researcher and biology teacher.</p><p>Staben spoke with reporter Adam Cotterell about the future of the University of Idaho and his own future there. Here are some highlights from their conversation.</p><p><strong>“I plan to be here for approximately 10 years.”</strong></p> Tue, 20 May 2014 17:07:54 +0000 Adam Cotterell 45551 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org New University Of Idaho President Talks About The Future, Funding And Guns On Campus University Of Idaho Aims For A Big Enrollment Increase http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/university-idaho-aims-big-enrollment-increase <p>University of Idaho President Chuck Staben says the school plans a more aggressive strategy to entice Idaho students and bump enrollment at its Moscow campus from 11,000 to 15,000 over several years.</p><p><a href="http://bit.ly/QQvVCc">Staben tells the Coeur d'Alene Press</a> that a significant number of qualified high-school graduates in Idaho don't opt for college.</p><p>He says the school hopes to be more effective at encouraging them to come to the university</p> Fri, 16 May 2014 17:32:09 +0000 Associated Press 45400 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Feds Sue For-Profit College In Idaho, Utah Over Recruiting Policy http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/feds-sue-profit-college-idaho-utah-over-recruiting-policy <p>The federal government is suing a for-profit college chain in Idaho and Utah because prosecutors say the school illegally recruited students.</p><p>U.S. Attorney Wendy Olson announced the False Claims Act lawsuit against Stevens-Henager College Inc. and its owner, The Center for Excellence in Higher Education, on Thursday.</p> Thu, 08 May 2014 17:54:38 +0000 Associated Press 44886 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Little Change In National 12th-Grade Math, Reading Scores http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/little-change-national-12th-grade-math-reading-scores <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/05/050714CL_testscores_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>The federal government just released its latest national test scores for high school seniors and it’s not good news. A significant number of graduates are below standard for math and reading.<p> Thu, 08 May 2014 15:50:01 +0000 Chris Lehman 44882 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Little Change In National 12th-Grade Math, Reading Scores GOP Schools Chief Candidate John Eynon Against Common Core, Public Preschool http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/gop-schools-chief-candidate-john-eynon-against-common-core-public-preschool <p></p><p></p><p>John Eynon’s career path has taken several abrupt turns — from teaching music to serving as a U.S. Navy commander to working for major textbook publishers and back.</p><p>The Cottonwood high school teacher is planning his retirement from the classroom, while contemplating another career change. He is one of four Republicans seeking to succeed state schools superintendent Tom Luna.</p> Thu, 08 May 2014 15:43:08 +0000 Kevin Richert 44878 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org GOP Schools Chief Candidate John Eynon Against Common Core, Public Preschool GOP Schools Chief Candidate Randy Jensen Will Bring Small-Town Approach To State Agency http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/gop-schools-chief-candidate-randy-jensen-will-bring-small-town-approach-state-agency <p>In this town of less than 4,500 people, Randy Jensen has taken 3,000 students to lunch.</p><p>Anyone who has played Little League baseball in the past 25 years has shared the field with Coach Jensen.</p><p>One of four Republicans vying for state superintendent of public instruction, Jensen hopes to bring the same small-town approach to statewide office.</p><p>“I’m really big on relationships – in small towns you’re able to build a lot of relationships with a lot of people,” he said. “In a small town, you can make a big difference.”</p> Wed, 07 May 2014 16:09:55 +0000 Clark Corbin 44829 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org GOP Schools Chief Candidate Randy Jensen Will Bring Small-Town Approach To State Agency GOP Candidate For Idaho Schools Chief Sherri Ybarra Is A Political Newcomer http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/gop-candidate-idaho-schools-chief-sherri-ybarra-political-newcomer <p></p><p>Sherri Ybarra is a career educator and accomplished student. And that’s about all she likes to reveal publicly.&nbsp;</p><p>The Republican candidate for state superintendent of public instruction prefers to keep her personal life out the papers and keep the questions and answers focused on Idaho education.</p><p>“I’d rather not say,” Ybarra said repeatedly during a recent interview at a Mountain Home coffee shop. She denied a request to be interviewed at her home or her Mountain Home School District office.</p> Wed, 07 May 2014 12:50:00 +0000 Jennifer Swindell 44785 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org GOP Candidate For Idaho Schools Chief Sherri Ybarra Is A Political Newcomer From Teacher To Administrator, Andy Grover Says He's Ready To Lead Idaho Schools http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/teacher-administrator-andy-grover-says-hes-ready-lead-idaho-schools <p></p><p>Andy Grover has been preparing for this moment all of his adult life.</p><p>The Republican candidate for state superintendent of public instruction has accomplished his checklist of tasks to place him where he is today —&nbsp;campaigning to oversee K-12 education in Idaho.</p><p>“I’ve always wanted to run,” Grover said. “I don’t do anything that’s not planned. We have a direction we’re going and we know why we’re doing it.”</p> Tue, 06 May 2014 20:13:15 +0000 Jennifer Swindell 44784 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org From Teacher To Administrator, Andy Grover Says He's Ready To Lead Idaho Schools Boise State Students To Chat With Astronauts Aboard The International Space Station http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/boise-state-students-chat-astronauts-aboard-international-space-station <p>Tuesday morning, Boise State University students will speak with astronauts aboard the International Space Station. They’ll get to ask the crew 20 questions. It’s all part of <a href="http://go.boisestate.edu/spacebroncos-teamswanson/space-symposium/" target="_blank">BSU’s Space Symposium</a>.</p><p>All semester, BSU Space Broncos have been engaging with NASA, chatting online and taking part in the space agency’s research and programs. That work is culminating with a live chat with NASA astronauts Steve Swanson and Rick Mastracchio.</p><p></p> Mon, 05 May 2014 20:33:07 +0000 Samantha Wright 44722 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Boise State Students To Chat With Astronauts Aboard The International Space Station 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