Education

School Security
12:47 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Hearing Draws Mixed Views On Arming North Idaho Teachers

A public hearing on a proposal that would allow school teachers in a northern Idaho school district to carry weapons is drawing mixed reviews from parents and faculty.

The Lake Pend Oreille School Board hosted the hearing in Sandpoint Tuesday night to gage public reaction to the idea.

About 300 people turned out to offer their opinions, with more than half of those testifying supporting the plan or pushing for more serious study.

Higher Education
10:55 am
Wed October 9, 2013

5 University Of Idaho Presidential Candidates To Visit Boise

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Boise residents will have a chance to meet the five finalists being considered for the University of Idaho's top job over the next month. A committee has been looking for a new president since Duane Nellis left to become the president of Texas Tech last March.

Each candidate will be in Idaho for about two days. They’ll spend a full day at the main campus in Moscow. Then each will get on a chartered plane and make a whirlwind tour of U of I extensions in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho Falls, Twin Falls, and Boise, says Marilyn Whitney with Idaho’s State Board of Education.

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Education
1:04 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Idaho School District Seeks Parent Input On Arming Teachers

A school district in north Idaho is considering a plan to arm select teachers and staff with concealed handguns. The school board is asking for public comment at a meeting Tuesday in Sandpoint, Idaho.

In the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting last year, officials at the Lake Pend Oreille School District took a look at their own safety procedures. They discovered that, in a similar situation, some of the rural schools in the district would have to wait as long as 20 minutes for police arrive.

Now, the district is floating the idea of giving teachers the means to shoot back.

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School Safety
4:16 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Lockdowns Lifted At Two Boise Schools

Two Boise schools were placed on lockdown this afternoon. Trail Wind Elementary and Les Bois Junior High in southeast Boise went on lockdown at the recommendation of the Boise police department. The lockdowns have now been lifted.

At about 1:30 p.m. Boise police received a report of a shot fired in a public area near the schools. Police positioned themselves at the elementary school and began a search of the area. They have found no evidence of gunfire or other suspicious activity.

Education Spending
11:07 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Idaho Schools Chief Asks For Big Funding Increase, But Lawmakers Rarely Oblige

Luna unveiled his budget proposal Tuesday in a speech to the Meridian Chamber of Commerce. Here he is talking with audience members afterwards.
Credit Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

Idaho’s school superintendent Tom Luna released his budget request for next year Tuesday. Luna is asking for a $77.8 million bump in state spending for education. That would be a 5.9 percent increase. That’s how much the Legislature increased education spending in 2007, the year before the financial crisis. Since then, the education budget has seen big cuts, and more recently, modest increases.

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Teachers' Union
2:29 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Idaho Education Association Adds 3 Top Staffers

Idaho's teachers' union, the Idaho Education Association (IEA), has hired a public policy director, communications director and central Idaho director.

Matt Compton is IEA's new public policy director. According to a press release, Compton has been a lobbyist for the Idaho Sportsman’s Caucus since 2006.

Dave Harbison is the organization's new communications director. Harbison previously worked for Scott Peyron & Associates, a communications firm in Boise.

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Education
1:22 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Idaho Schools Chief Tom Luna Seeks 6 Percent Education Funding Increase

Credit Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

Idaho public schools chief Tom Luna is seeking a nearly 6 percent increase in funding next year for schools and teacher salaries.

Luna is also proposing helping high school juniors and seniors pay for dual-credit classes that help earn college credit before graduation.

The Republican unveiled his $1.37 billion budget for 2014-15 on Tuesday. He said the spending increase mirrors recommendations spelled out earlier this year by an education task force assembled by Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter.

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Education
11:51 am
Tue October 1, 2013

College Of Southern Idaho Names Three Finalists For President

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The College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls has named the finalists in its search for a new president.

The presidential search committee on Tuesday forwarded the names of three finalists to the Board of Trustees: Daniel J. Bingham, D. Ryan Carstens and Jeff Fox.

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Higher Education
2:51 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

And Then There Were Five…Finalists For University Of Idaho President

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The University of Idaho has five finalists for its top job. Four hold administration jobs at public universities and one is listed as a higher education consultant.

The U of I has been searching for a president since Duane Nellis left to take a job at Texas Tech last March. Law school dean Don Burnett has been filling in as interim president at a salary of $240,000 a year. He did not apply for the full time job.

Idaho’s State Board of Education will interview the candidates in October and hopes to announce the new president in November.

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Education
4:35 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Heading To Class? Don't Forget Your Cell Phone

Miles Bryan Northwest News Network

Mobile devices are traditionally considered a nuisance in schools. But a Portland startup is developing a way to turn students’ cell phones into classroom tools.

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Education
5:28 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

North Idaho Schools Launch Effort To Change Bullying Culture

Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

A north Idaho school district is launching a campaign to curb bullying. The effort includes curriculum changes and focus groups with a cross section of student cliques.

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Education
10:54 am
Wed September 25, 2013

North Idaho School Considers Training And Arming Teachers

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A school board in northern Idaho is considering a new school security policy that includes training and arming district staff and teachers.

The Bonner County Daily Bee reports the proposed policy has emerged after months of study by the Lake Pend Oreille School Board.

Board chairman Steve Youngdahl presented the proposal this week, saying unguarded schools are more attractive targets for mass shootings.

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Education
2:53 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

New Data Tracks Idaho Graduates After High School

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New state data that tracks high school students after graduation show they're enrolling in more than 450 institutions in every state in the country.

The new system also shows that fewer than half of Idaho's graduates went on to post-secondary schools and universities after getting their diplomas.

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Education
11:26 am
Tue September 24, 2013

Chief Academic Officer Leaves Idaho Education Board

The State Board of Education is seeking its third chief academic officer in just five years as the post's current occupant shifts to a new role at Idaho State University.

Selena Grace is leaving the position she took over in 2010 to become vice president of institutional effectiveness in academic affairs at Idaho State University.

The state job pays about $91,000 annually.

The Education Board began its search for a new chief academic officer earlier this month and plans to keep the posting open through Oct. 11.

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Higher Education
1:01 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

College Of Southern Idaho Gets $2.5 Million Grant To Create New Degree

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The College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls is getting a $2.5 million federal grant to create a new degree program in food processing management.  

It’s part of $474.5 million awarded to community colleges nationally to expand demand-driven skills. The CSI program was the only Idaho grant in this round of a program called Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training, which will eventually give out $2 billion.

The U.S. Department of Education says the new CSI degree will meet the needs of the area’s major employers.

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Education
11:23 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Mandatory Gym Class And Cursive Writing? Idaho Seeks Public Input

Credit Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

Idaho’s Department of Education is proposing several new rules that would affect what kids learn. But creating a new education rule in Idaho is a bit like a soccer game. There’s a long period of passing back and forth before the goal is reached. Take this one: a proposal to require elementary students learn cursive handwriting.

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Education
9:26 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Idaho Education Board Seeks Input On New School Requirements

Can you still write in cursive? We gave it a try.
Credit Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

The state Board of Education is seeking input from the public on a series of new requirements — from mandatory cursive writing classes to making physical education a graduation requirement.

The board is taking public comment on six proposed rule changes in all. The board has also scheduled a public hearing Oct. 8.

The proposed rules includes a requirement that elementary students learn cursive writing — an idea initially pitched by Rep. Linden Bateman of Idaho Falls during the 2013 Legislature.

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Research
5:46 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

WSU Tri-Cities To Head New Federal Jet Bio-fuel Research Center

Anna King Northwest News Network

Washington State University will lead a new federal research center focused on finding new biofuels for jet airplanes.

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Education Improvement
3:50 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Why Data Collection Might Be Idaho's Next Big Education Debate

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The education data Idaho collects on its students should be used to improve teaching, not just report things like graduation rates, according to an out-of-state analyst. But for Idaho legislators serving on an education interim committee, and in the 2014 Legislature, safeguarding this data will likely be of equal importance.

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School Nutrition
4:20 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Beef Mixed With Plastic Sold To 78 Idaho Public School Districts And Charter Schools

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Update 11:00 a.m: Idaho’s Department of Education has issued a correction saying the removal of the ground beef from schools is technically not a “recall” but a “product retrieval.” According to a USDA spokesman the difference is who bought it. Legally speaking, a recall is issued by a company on retail products. Because the beef was not sold to the public it can’t be recalled. 

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