Education

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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.

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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The number of Idaho kids living in poverty has risen to 21 percent, that's a 3 percent increase since 2005. That means at least 87,000 Idaho children were living in poverty in 2012. The poverty statistic is just one of the findings in the annual Kids Count report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

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Boise State University officials say they will rescind the security fines they placed on a student group for bringing a guns right advocate earlier this year to speak at the campus.

However, university attorney Kevin Satterlee says BSU will not change its event policies as requested by the Idaho Freedom Foundation and American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho.

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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.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho has joined the Idaho Freedom Foundation urging Boise State University to reconsider its on-campus event policies.

Earlier this month, IFF officials said they were willing to pursue all options, including a lawsuit, against BSU unless the school revises its event polices. The IFF objects to the way school officials handled a Second Amendment rights event in May.

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Boise State University says it has agreed to pay $2.3 million to the American Athletic Conference as a negotiated exit fee, ending long-running litigation.

In 2011, Boise State had planned to become a football-only member of the Big East conference, as it was called then. But after the conference broke apart Boise State chose to keep most of its sports teams in the Mountain West Conference.

Boise State's negotiated exit fee to the American Athletic Conference means both parties have agreed to drop their lawsuits.

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.

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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The State Board of Education unanimously approved Monday pay increases for three Idaho university presidents.

The Lewiston Tribune reports that presidents of Boise State University and Idaho State University will receive 5 percent raises starting Sunday. The Lewis-Clark State College president will receive a 3 percent pay increase.

The raises follow performance evaluations conducted in May.

BSU President Bob Kustra's salary will become $371,000, up from his current annual salary of about $353,000.

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The Centers for Disease Control says one in five women is sexually assaulted in college, a statistic that prompted the White House to release guidelines to help those victims.

University of Idaho

Chuck Staben started his new job as president of the University of Idaho in March. Staben came to Moscow from the University of South Dakota where he was a provost. Before that, he was a vice president at the University of Kentucky, and before that, he was a researcher and biology teacher.

Staben spoke with reporter Adam Cotterell about the future of the University of Idaho and his own future there. Here are some highlights from their conversation.

“I plan to be here for approximately 10 years.”

University of Idaho President Chuck Staben says the school plans a more aggressive strategy to entice Idaho students and bump enrollment at its Moscow campus from 11,000 to 15,000 over several years.

Staben tells the Coeur d'Alene Press that a significant number of qualified high-school graduates in Idaho don't opt for college.

He says the school hopes to be more effective at encouraging them to come to the university

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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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