Education

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A number of rural Idaho school districts are struggling to lure licensed teachers to classrooms causing the districts to hire more unlicensed educators.

The Times-News reported on Sunday that the Twin Falls School District hired 20 unlicensed educators this year as other nearby districts are also hiring more unlicensed teachers.

Idaho Ed News

Reading scores improved in the first year of Idaho’s $11.25 million “literacy initiative,” but most scores fell short of the goals set by local educators.

More than two-thirds of spring 2017 test scores failed to meet the benchmark goals school leaders set in the fall of 2016, according to an Idaho Education News analysis of test scores and local reading plans.

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Idaho's public schools chief is seeking a 6.8 percent increase in education spending for 2018, describing it as a budget with no surprises and no new initiatives.

Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra released her plan Friday. If approved by lawmakers in January, Idaho's public school funding would bump up nearly $114 million more than what lawmakers allocated this year for a total of $1.78 billion.

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Idaho’s 2016 college “go-on” numbers are up slightly, compared to a similar snapshot from 2015.

But even if the numbers are improving — and that’s still open to interpretation — they also show that Idaho has a long way to go to meet its ambitious college graduation goals.

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Teachers around the state are ready with lesson plans as a new school year gets under way. But in one tiny school district in rural Idaho, salary negotiations are making this hectic time of year a little more stressful.


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A new report finds Idaho students face more cyberbullying than kids in any other state. While the Gem State tops the list, other rural states also rank highly.

The Idaho Department of Education says one in five high school students has been cyberbullied. That backs up new findings from education company Educents which says a little over 21 percent of 9-12 graders have been the victims of cyberbullying. The report says 26 percent of high schoolers have reported on-campus bullying.

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The president of the College of Idaho announced Thursday she’s stepping down from her leadership role. The departure comes as a surprise.

Charlotte Borst has filled the top job at the Caldwell college since being appointed two years ago. She was the 13th president of the liberal arts school.

 

Boise State University, campus
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The debate over free speech on college campuses has been an explosive one recently. At Boise State, backlash against an article written by a professor in a conservative blog has prompted calls for his firing, putting the university in a bit of a First Amendment bind.

Boise State University’s expansion continues as President Bob Kustra announced plans for a new building to host the School of Public Service during his annual state of the university address.

 

University of Idaho

The University of Idaho’s Boise law school welcomes its first class of first-year students for orientation this week. The school has enrolled about the same number of students for both its Moscow and Treasure Valley location.


Idaho State University

The President of Idaho State University announced Wednesday he will retire in 2018.


Idaho Ed News

Idaho’s higher education task force could set a number of ambitious goals — including a marked improvement in SAT scores.

One of the task force’s work groups wants to see 60 percent of Idaho’s high school juniors meet the SAT’s college- and career-readiness benchmarks by 2022-23.

That’s a big lift. In April, only 32 percent of Idaho high school juniors met the SAT benchmarks.

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Reading scores among the state's youngest students are up a year after a pricey literacy initiative was launched. The State Department of Education released spring reading scores this week.

The data reveals more students between kindergarten and third grade are reading at the appropriate level and fewer kids are lagging behind.

AP

The total solar eclipse set to pass through Idaho on August 21 is conflicting with school schedules throughout the state. Educators are trying to determine if they should cancel classes, have a regular school day or, in some cases, move the first day of school.

Metro Community Services

Last December, we told you about nine high school students who were building a tiny house for charity, while learning skills in construction. Now the project is complete and it’s time to raffle off the house to help seniors and others in need.

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