Education

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This week in Boston, the National Education Association is holding its annual meeting to debate new school policies. A group from Idaho is among the 8,000 educators there. 

The Idaho legislature has been looking at changing the public school funding formula. Part of the challenge is balancing the redistribution of dollars between urban schools and the rural schools that make up the majority of the state.

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Idaho high school juniors are more likely to miss the two “college-readiness” benchmarks on the SAT than hit both benchmarks.

Only 32 percent of juniors met the SAT benchmarks, down from 33 percent a year ago.

Idaho released the April SAT scores last week, and the news isn’t encouraging. Idaho’s free “SAT Day” allows high school juniors a chance to see if they’re ready for college. SAT Day also takes a snapshot of Idaho high schoolers — 13 months before graduation day.

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After a statewide vote from its members, the Idaho Education Association announced its new president Wednesday.

Kari Overall, a history teacher at South Junior High School in Boise, will begin her three-year term as president of the IEA at the start of August.

Overall will succeed Penni Cyr, who is retiring after serving six years as president of the association. In a statement, Cyr said Overall is a passionate leader of the IEA and an experienced educator both in the classroom and on the policy front.

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Based on the experience in other states, it could take three to five years for Idaho to rewrite its school funding formula.

And based on Tuesday’s hearing, a panel of Idaho lawmakers doesn’t seem to be much interested in a rush job.

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Idaho college tuition and fees have increased more than fivefold since 1980, when cost figures are adjusted for inflation.

That’s the conclusion from a new report issued by the Idaho Center for Fiscal Policy, a nonpartisan budget think tank.

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The results of an annual survey, released this week, show the majority of Treasure Valley high school students plan to go onto college, but not all of them achieve that goal. 

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Districts and charter schools made up less than a quarter of the school days lost to the severe winter of 2016-17, according to Idaho Education News research.

Administrators also used longer school days to make up for lost learning hours — and comply with state classroom time requirements.

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Officials with the University of Idaho say they have identified 14 recommendations to improve safety and emergency response policies as part of a review of an explosion in a school parking lot that injured four students.

In April, an explosion occurred when students had gathered to test a fuel system for an experimental rocket. The device exploded after the fuel was ignited at the lot outside the northern Idaho university's steam plant.

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A state committee has made another attempt to break a deadlock over addressing climate change in Idaho classrooms.

But the last word in this three-year controversy belongs to Idaho lawmakers — who removed references to climate change from state science standards earlier this year.

Idaho's First Medical School Slated To Open In 2018

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Idaho’s first medical school broke ground Wednesday in Ada County. The construction process is projected to take 15 months and $34 million.

The groundbreaking ceremony marked the start of construction for the brand new Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine, or ICOM. It’s scheduled to open in August 2018. ICOM is a private, for-profit addition to Idaho State University’s Meridian campus.

An estimated $125 million of private investment is going into the project. The primary investors are the Burrell Group from New Mexico and the Rice Management Company of Houston.

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Voters in eastern Idaho have overwhelmingly approved converting a technical school into a community college.

More than 70 percent of Bonneville County residents who voted in Tuesday's election agreed to create a community college tax district. The initiative needed at least a two-thirds supermajority to pass.

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The Idaho Department of Education's new reading test will be tried out by 57 schools.

The schools are in 37 districts scattered across the state, The Times-News reported.

The Idaho Reading Indicator test is given to kindergarten through third-graders.

"I truly appreciate those schools and teachers who are willing to participate in this pilot and go above and beyond to make this a smooth statewide implementation," Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra said.

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Boise State graduates its class of 2017 on Saturday, May 6, marking the university’s 100th commencement. And for the first time, the ceremony will take place on the famous blue turf of Albertson’s Stadium.

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A proposed for-profit osteopathic medical school in Idaho can begin construction after receiving the necessary approval from a national accreditation agency.

Officials announced Thursday that the proposed Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine had received its pre-accreditation status. This allows the school plans to break ground May 17 and open its doors to students in fall 2018.

Earlier this year, school officials had said that if that if work did not get underway by the end of April, the opening would be pushed to 2019.

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Jeff Dillon says he is running for state schools superintendent to help create a “climate of possibility.”

But first, the Wilder School District superintendent says he needs to raise money and elevate his statewide profile as he challenges a sitting incumbent. And that’s why he submitted his paperwork Friday to launch his campaign.

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