Six Idaho schools make this year’s list of best high schools in the country, according to the Washington Post. North Star Charter in Eagle comes in at 82nd out of the 2,000 top schools listed. Coeur d’Alene Charter Academy shows up next at 116th place. All four of Boise’s traditional high schools made the list for the third consecutive year. Boise High was the best of those at 402nd place. Timberline squeaked in to the top thousand but Capital and Borah show up more than 700 slots further down.

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 Idaho does worse than any other state when it comes to encouraging pregnant and parenting students to finish high school. That’s the finding in a study released this week by the National Women’s Law Center.

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As summer gets underway, this year's high school graduates are beginning the next chapters of their lives. Take Ian Woodruff, Laura Coleman, and Mallory Nelson. These three friends from Idaho City have lived in the mountain town of a few hundred people all their lives. All three head off to different colleges in the next few months. That brings excitement and trepidation. They worry about paying for school, making friends and finding jobs after they graduate from college.

Sunday is Father’s Day, when we think about all the things our dads have done for us. In one north Idaho community  dads are trying to do a lot more for their school and their kids.

Leotis McCormack’s 9 year old son started getting in trouble at school last fall. That did not go over well with McCormack, an officer with the Nez Perce Tribal Police in Lapwai. But it wasn’t just his son, many of his son’s friends were acting out at school as well. McCormack wanted to help.

Members of Idaho’s state legislative budget committee are on a fact- finding tour of locations in north central Idaho this week.

The delegation is making the rounds in places like Moscow and Orofino, with the intent being to better understanding issues and budget requests that will come up in the next legislative session.

The Nampa School District hopes the second time will be the charm. In August the district will ask voters for more money even though a previous attempt failed earlier this year.

This time Nampa schools are asking voters for $1.6 million. Compare that to the $3.58 million request Nampa voters rejected in March. The district thinks that smaller number will be easier to swallow.

The U.S. Department of Education has published new lists of the most and least expensive colleges. Idaho’s public colleges and universities don't make these lists. But in the category of private, not for profit, four year schools, Brigham Young University Idaho shows up with the 8th lowest tuition at $3,660 a year.

The University of Phoenix’s Idaho campus makes the lowest tuition list in for-profit schools. Its yearly tuition is $9,840s.

A Boise science teacher has won a national education award. Dick Jordan along with Katie Pemberton of Coeur d'Alene is among 97 teachers from across the country to receive the 2011 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Jordan teaches biology and environmental science at Boise’s Timberline High School. Each winner receives $10,000 from the National Science Foundation and an invitation to a ceremony in Washington D.C. later this month.

Boise State's Famous Blue Turf Now In Japan

Jun 11, 2012
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For the first time, another college football team will play its home games on a surface the same color as Boise State’s.  The university has trademarked the famous blue turf, but has allowed a Japanese school to install a similar surface.

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Monday is the last day that school districts and teachers can discuss contracts. Many districts have come down to the wire. In the state’s largest district some say new restrictions on bargaining have hindered the process.

The union for Meridian's teachers and a representative from the state’s largest school district meet this afternoon for one last contract negotiation. The talks have gone on for months. Under a law passed last year, districts and teachers must agree to a contract by June 10th.

That day falls on a Sunday, so teachers and administrators have until the end of the business Monday to agree. Meridian Education Association president Luke Franklin says this has been the most difficult and contentious negotiation Meridian has seen in recent memory. He says it’s been hard on his members.

High school students in 32 Idaho districts will get laptops next year . Tuesday Idaho’s Department of Education announced the first round of districts to get one computer per student. Idaho’s two largest districts, Meridian and Boise were chosen and so were seven other Treasure Valley districts. The computers are mandated by the state’s Students Come First laws.

The Idaho Department of Education announced Tuesday that high school students at 32 school districts will get laptops in the fall of 2013. Nine of those districts are in the Treasure Valley. 

This is the first round of school districts to get laptops under Idaho’s Students Come First education laws. Those mandated a ratio of one mobile computer per high school student.

The state’s two largest districts, Meridian and Boise, as well as Vallivue and Kuna are part of this first rollout. All the state’s high school teachers will get a laptop this fall. 

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Idaho Food Bank trucks are once again in Boise parks providing lunches for low-income children. Last summer the food bank says it served nearly 60,000 lunches in its Picnic in the Park program. The lunch trucks will be in 20 locations through mid-August.

Caldwell’s Heritage Community Charter School has some serious problems. That’s the assessment of the state’s Public Charter School Commission, which oversees the publicly funded, privately run schools. Heritage has been in operation for one school year with students from kindergarten to high school.