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Idaho students saw an improvement in scores on the state's standardized test over the previous year. In the same period, college entrance exam test scores took a dip. We look at why we're seeing disparities in test scores for Idaho high schoolers.

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Longtime Boise school trustee A J Balukoff will not seek re-election later this summer.

In an email to Idaho Education News, Balukoff said he will step aside after 21 years on the school board.

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Meridian is preparing for the opening of the Children's Museum of Idaho in November. Exhibits will be geared toward children two to eight and will encourage family interaction with accomodations for vistors of all abilities. There will even be a screen-free zone where visitors are urged to unplug their digital devices. In this segment of Idaho Matters, we talk with two of the museum's founders about what to expect from the valley's first children's museum.

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Doug Brigham and Jim Everett were both candidates for the presidency of the College of Idaho when they decided to lead the college together, as a team. The notion broke convention, but the college's search committee and board of trustees liked the idea. On Wednesday's Idaho Matters, co-presidents Brigham and Everett discuss the advantages of leading the small liberal arts school as a team.

recent survey found that a shocking number of Americans have very little understanding of the Holocaust. Idaho Matters looks at efforts to keep Holocaust education in Idaho classrooms.

College of Western Idaho president Bert Glandon talks about the role of a community college in a growing region.

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University of Idaho students who want to pursue a career in the dairy industry will be eligible for a new scholarship from the Chobani Foundation. It's the largest gift of it's kind to the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences.

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Martin Schimpf will serve as interim president of Boise State University for the coming academic year. Idaho’s State Board of Education announced the decision Friday morning.

He joined Boise State in 1990 and has worn several hats, including Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs. Schimpf announced in November 2017 that he planned to step away from his administrative position and go back to the classroom.

“This is someone the board was very familiar with,” says Linda Clark, president of the State Board of Education. “The continuity that he will provide is really the largest and single most important factor.”

In a statement released Friday afternoon, Schimpf says, "I am honored to have been asked to serve as interim president of Boise State University and appreciate the trust our State Board of Education has placed in me."

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University of Idaho President Chuck Staben announced Friday he will step down after his contract expires next June. He and the Idaho State Board of Education “mutually decided” not to renew the contract, Staben wrote in a memo to university faculty, staff, and students.

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The Idaho Board of Education is extending the search to find a new president to lead Boise State University.

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This weekend, a Boise State professor is selling off his massive collection of children’s books to help kids go to college. 

Boise State University president Bob Kustra is retiring after 15 years. He joins Idaho Matters to discuss the growth of the university under his tenure and future plans for both himself and Boise State.

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Caps and gowns are the fashion of the day at Boise State University. This weekend sees the final batch of commencement ceremonies presided over by university president Bob Kustra.

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Idaho school chief Sherri Ybarra’s State Department of Education and the vendor Imagination Station have agreed to extend their contract and roll out a new reading test next school year.

Embattled New Plymouth School District Superintendent Kevin Barker will take home a $400,000 lump sum payout after agreeing to resign earlier this week. He’ll also walk away with additional funds.

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