Meridian School District http://boisestatepublicradio.org en 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 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 North Star Charter Reaches Agreement With Meridian, Will Stay Open This Year http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/north-star-charter-reaches-agreement-meridian-will-stay-open-year <p>North Star Charter School in Eagle started classes Thursday morning. As parents dropped off some of the school’s nearly 1,000 students administrators told them the worries that it might have to close in the next few months seem to be over.</p> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 23:56:06 +0000 Adam Cotterell 31184 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Federal Jury Sides With Idaho Schools In Special Ed Lawsuit http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/federal-jury-sides-idaho-schools-special-ed-lawsuit <p>A federal jury has sided with two Idaho school districts in a lawsuit brought by the family of a teen with Asperger's syndrome, an autism spectrum disorder.</p><p>The jury deliberated about 6½ hours Friday before reaching the verdict in favor of the Boise and Meridian school districts, and U.S. District Judge Candy Dale issued an order officially dismissing the lawsuit on Wednesday.</p> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 22:02:38 +0000 Associated Press 29807 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Struggling Charter School’s Appeal To Idaho Board Of Education Likely Won’t Be Considered http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/struggling-charter-school-s-appeal-idaho-board-education-likely-won-t-be-considered <p>North Star Charter School in Eagle has appealed the move by the Meridian School District to revoke its charter to the State Board of Education. But that appeal may be premature. It’s the latest move in what has become, to all parties, a maze of shifting and difficult to understand state law.</p><p>Meridian started the process of revocation last month saying the school it authorized 10 years ago is not financially stable. But the district has not actually revoked the document that allows North Star to operate.</p><p>Spokesman Eric Exline says the district can’t do that.</p> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 14:58:23 +0000 Adam Cotterell 29448 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org North Star Charter Appeals Meridian's Move To Close It http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/north-star-charter-appeals-meridians-move-close-it <p>Idaho's largest school district, Meridian, wants to revoke the charter of North Star Charter School in Eagle. <a href="http://www.idahoednews.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/North-Star-appeal-summary.pdf" target="_blank">North Star has filed an appeal</a> to Idaho's State Board of Education <a href="http://www.idahoednews.org/news/north-star-charter-fights-possible-shutdown/" target="_blank">according to Idaho Education News</a>.</p> Wed, 24 Jul 2013 20:34:41 +0000 Adam Cotterell 29425 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org North Star Charter Appeals Meridian's Move To Close It Closing North Star Charter Could Be A Boon, Or Burden, To Idaho’s Largest School District http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/closing-north-star-charter-could-be-boon-or-burden-idaho-s-largest-school-district <p>One of Idaho’s largest charter schools might not survive the next school year. North Star Charter in Eagle has struggled financially because of a building loan it can’t pay back.</p><p>The Meridian School District, which granted its charter, plans to revoke it. If that happens, the school could shut down.</p><p>That concerns mother of eight Stephanie Zimmerman. Five of her kids have attended North Star.</p> Tue, 16 Jul 2013 20:54:57 +0000 Adam Cotterell 28996 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Closing North Star Charter Could Be A Boon, Or Burden, To Idaho’s Largest School District Idaho’s Biggest School District Ends Negotiations, Imposes Teacher Contract Terms http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-s-biggest-school-district-ends-negotiations-imposes-teacher-contract-terms <p>The Meridian School board voted Monday to end contract negotiations with the Meridian Education Association (MEA.) <a href="http://www.idahostatesman.com/2013/07/02/2639808/meridian-school-trustees-impose.html" target="_blank">The Idaho Statesman reports</a> the district will issue teacher contracts based on its last offer.</p> Tue, 02 Jul 2013 20:33:18 +0000 Adam Cotterell 28289 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho’s Biggest School District Ends Negotiations, Imposes Teacher Contract Terms Meridian School District Wants To Pull The Charter Of Financially Troubled North Star School http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/meridian-school-district-wants-pull-charter-financially-troubled-north-star-school <p>The Meridian School District wants to revoke the charter of one of the state’s biggest charter schools <a href="http://www.idahoednews.org/news/meridian-moves-to-revoke-north-star-charter/" target="_blank">according to Idaho Education News</a>. North Star Charter in Eagle has more than 900 students and has received <a href="http://apps.washingtonpost.com/local/highschoolchallenge/schools/2013/list/idaho-schools/north-star-charter-eagle-id/" target="_blank">national recognition for academic rigor</a>.</p> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 19:58:27 +0000 Adam Cotterell 27981 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Rapidly Changing Idaho Laws Make Teacher Contract Negotiations Confusing http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/rapidly-changing-idaho-laws-make-teacher-contract-negotiations-confusing <p>Each year the state of Idaho sends school districts about $900 million for teacher salaries and benefits. This is the time of year when decisions are made on how to spend that. Many Idaho school districts are in contract negotiations with teachers unions now. But those negotiations are complicated by changes to the laws.</p> Mon, 06 May 2013 15:04:46 +0000 Adam Cotterell 25092 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Rapidly Changing Idaho Laws Make Teacher Contract Negotiations Confusing Lockdown Ends At Meridian School http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/lockdown-ends-meridian-school <p><strong>Update:</strong>&nbsp; Reports of an ax wielding suspect this morning at Meridian’s Heritage Middle School have turned out to be wrong, and a subsequent lockdown has ended. Meridian police confirm a student brought a folding shovel to school, setting off the scare.</p> Thu, 14 Feb 2013 18:45:05 +0000 Adam Cotterell 21015 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Lockdown Ends At Meridian School Security Concerns At Meridian Schools Lead To Lockdowns And Cancelled Assemblies http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/security-concerns-meridian-schools-lead-lockdowns-and-cancelled-assemblies <p>Students and adults at schools across Idaho have been on edge this week in the wake of Friday’s shooting at a Connecticut elementary.&nbsp;&nbsp;Rumors are keeping law enforcement busy in several parts of Idaho.</p><p>In Meridian two high schools have canceled or postponed annual assemblies scheduled for Friday. A district spokesman says administrators at Centennial and Mountain View high schools became aware early this week that students were afraid.</p> Thu, 20 Dec 2012 22:50:23 +0000 Adam Cotterell 18375 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Security Concerns At Meridian Schools Lead To Lockdowns And Cancelled Assemblies Some Idaho School Districts Could Lose Millions After Voters Repeal Education Laws http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/some-idaho-school-districts-could-lose-millions-after-voters-repeal-education-laws <p>Idaho’s Department of Education says the <a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/idaho/tag/propositions-1-2-3/">repeal of the Students Come First education laws</a> means a $23 million <a href="http://www.boisestatepublicradio.org/post/state-says-prop-1-2-3-no-vote-means-36-million-cut-idaho-schools-now" target="_blank">cut for the state’s schools</a>. It took the department time to come up with that number after voters rejected the laws early this month through ballot <a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/idaho/tag/propositions-1-2-3/">propositions 1, 2 and 3</a>. Wed, 28 Nov 2012 05:23:41 +0000 Adam Cotterell 17267 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Some Idaho School Districts Could Lose Millions After Voters Repeal Education Laws Why Meridian Schools Need Emergency Funding http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/why-meridian-schools-need-emergency-funding <p>As a group, property owners in Meridian and Eagle will pay half a million dollars more this year. That’s because the state’s largest school district passed an emergency levy this week. This type of levy does not require voter approval. School boards can pass them if student enrollment exceeds expectations.</p> Fri, 14 Sep 2012 15:45:21 +0000 Adam Cotterell 13508 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Why Meridian Schools Need Emergency Funding Where To Vote In Ada County? http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/where-vote-ada-county <div class="fontincrease"><p>BOISE, ID &ndash; Voters throughout Idaho decide Tuesday on raising property taxes for public schools.&nbsp; But it can be unclear where to vote if you live in Ada County.</p><p>Where people go to cast votes on supplemental school levies in Canyon County is pretty clear.&nbsp; The website directs them to their usual polling places.&nbsp; But where to go in Ada County is murkier.&nbsp; Phil McGrane is Chief Deputy at the County Clerk&rsquo;s office.&nbsp; He says voters won&rsquo;t find this information on their website.</p> Fri, 09 Mar 2012 22:56:30 +0000 Scott Ki 2098 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Where To Vote In Ada County?