Education

Education
1:24 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Idaho Schools Chief Tom Luna Takes Nonprofit Job

Luna announced earlier this year that he wouldn't run for re-election.
Credit Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

When State Superintendent Tom Luna leaves office in 2015, he will join a nonprofit education vendor.

Luna will join Project Lead The Way, an Indianapolis-based organization providing programs and teacher training in science, technology, engineering and mathematics — the so-called “STEM” fields. Luna will be the nonprofit’s vice president of policy, advocacy and research.

Luna will oversee four regional directors, as well as a team of policy analysts and researchers.

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Education
2:20 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Despite 'Go-On' Campaign, Fewer Idaho High School Students Head To College

Credit Karen Apricot New Orleans / Flickr Creative Commons

Idaho’s go-on rate apparently is going downward.

That’s the startling, sobering message from the latest round of numbers from the National Student Clearinghouse.

Just under 52 percent of Idaho’s 2013 high school graduates have enrolled in two-or four-year college, according to the current clearinghouse numbers. This represents a drop from Idaho’s lackluster 2012 numbers, when 54 percent of graduates decided to continue their education.

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Education
6:44 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Northwest States Vary On 'No Child Left Behind' Waivers

Oregon is waiting to hear whether its application for a continued federal waiver from the No Child Left Behind law will be approved.

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Higher Education
12:56 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

How The Upward Bound College Program Helped One Idahoan Change His Life

Leo Morales
Credit Photo curtesy ACLU of Idaho

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. More than 2 million people have participated in the last half-century.

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Policy
12:27 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Idaho Endowment Fund Hits Record $1.7 Billion

Idaho's endowment fund hit a record high of $1.73 billion after earning high returns on its investments over the past year.

Investment manager Larry Johnson told the Idaho Land Board on Tuesday that the fund during the fiscal year that ended June 30 earned its second-highest amount in its history.

This is also the second year in a row the fund hit an all-time high.

That means there will be an increase in how much the fund can distribute to public schools and other endowment beneficiaries.

Education
8:26 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Idaho’s Largest School District To Change Its Name

Idaho’s largest school district is changing its name. The Meridian school board voted Tuesday night to adopt the name West Ada School District, according to the Meridian Press.

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Education
6:37 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Idaho Students Looking At A Re-do After Charter School Falls Short

About 30 high school freshmen and sophomores who attended Odyssey Charter School in Idaho Falls, Idaho, may have to repeat classes -- or even an entire grade -- next year after the Idaho Public Charter School Commission found their fledgling school failed to measure up.

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Lawsuit
11:54 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Feds Sue For-Profit College In Idaho, Utah Over Recruiting Policy

The federal government is suing a for-profit college chain in Idaho and Utah because prosecutors say the school illegally recruited students.

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.

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Education
9:50 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Little Change In National 12th-Grade Math, Reading Scores

Score gains for math and reading among high school seniors in 11 pilot states.

Originally published on Wed May 7, 2014 6:44 pm

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.

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Election 2014
9:43 am
Thu May 8, 2014

GOP Schools Chief Candidate John Eynon Against Common Core, Public Preschool

Credit Courtesy John Eynon

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.

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.

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Election 2014
10:09 am
Wed May 7, 2014

GOP Schools Chief Candidate Randy Jensen Will Bring Small-Town Approach To State Agency

Jensen grew up in Pocatello. He's now one of four Republicans running to be Idaho's Superintendent of Public Instruction.
Credit Idaho Ed News

In this town of less than 4,500 people, Randy Jensen has taken 3,000 students to lunch.

Anyone who has played Little League baseball in the past 25 years has shared the field with Coach Jensen.

One of four Republicans vying for state superintendent of public instruction, Jensen hopes to bring the same small-town approach to statewide office.

“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.”

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Election 2014
6:50 am
Wed May 7, 2014

GOP Candidate For Idaho Schools Chief Sherri Ybarra Is A Political Newcomer

Credit Courtesy Sherri Ybarra

Sherri Ybarra is a career educator and accomplished student. And that’s about all she likes to reveal publicly. 

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.

“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.

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Election 2014
2:13 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

From Teacher To Administrator, Andy Grover Says He's Ready To Lead Idaho Schools

Credit Courtesy Andy Grover

Andy Grover has been preparing for this moment all of his adult life.

The Republican candidate for state superintendent of public instruction has accomplished his checklist of tasks to place him where he is today — campaigning to oversee K-12 education in Idaho.

“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.”

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Higher Education
2:33 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Boise State Students To Chat With Astronauts Aboard The International Space Station

Astronaut Steve Swanson wearing a BSU cap on board the International Space Station.
Credit Steve Swanson / NASA

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 BSU’s Space Symposium.

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.

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Reader's Corner
5:00 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Journalist Amanda Ripley On The Current State Of Education

Preparing students to excel in a fast-changing world is a concern for many nations. Some countries, including our own, have implemented a variety of education reforms over recent decades, only to see piddling results. Others, including  Finland, South Korea and Poland, have realized major gains.

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Education
11:01 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Free Copies Of Controversial Sherman Alexie Novel Available To Meridian Students

Author Sherman Alexie speaking at a 2011 event.
Credit Maryland Gov Pics / Flickr Creative Commons

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 voted to remove the novel from its curriculum.

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Education
7:35 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Campaign To Get Sherman Alexie Book To Idaho Students Tops Goal

File photo of Sherman Alexie's "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian."
Kraemer Family Library Flickr

Two women in Washington have raised enough money to send 350 copies of a controversial book by Sherman Alexie to students in Meridian, Idaho.

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Tuition
8:09 am
Thu April 17, 2014

College Tuition Hikes Approved For Idaho Schools

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The Idaho State Board of Education has approved tuition increases.

The board on Wednesday approved an increase of 4 percent at the University of Idaho and Boise State University.

Idaho State University will see a 3.5 percent increase and Lewis-Clark State College a 2 percent increase.

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.

Idaho State University tuition rises to $6,566, while tuition at Lewis-Clark State College jumps to $5,900.

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Education
5:43 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Northwest Students To Test Their Code-Breaking Skills

Stuart Boersma is a professor at Central Washington University. He’s organizing a code-breaking completion for Northwest college and high school students.
Stuart Boersma

Code language is probably as old as language itself. Now, two Northwest university professors have launched a competition to test students’ code breaking skills.

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2014 Election
4:38 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Removed From Idaho Education Task Force, One Member Cries Foul

Education Improvement Task Force members at a public meeting last year. Mike Lanza (left) sits next to Rodger Brown, the governor's deputy chief of staff.
Credit Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

A member of Idaho’s 'Task Force for Improving Education' has been kicked out of the group. Mike Lanza says he was told it was because he went to work for Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter’s Democratic challenger.

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