Education

U. of Idaho President Weighs In On Football Future

May 24, 2012

University of Idaho President Duane Nellis says the university continues to weigh all of its options regarding the future of its football program.

In the volatile world of intercollegiate football conferences, the issue for some schools remains: where will they be playing in the future? The Western Athletic Conference, for example, has seen several football programs leave for other conferences, leaving the University of Idaho and New Mexico State behind. Nellis says the UI is looking at its options.

Boise Schools Raise Lunch Prices; Others Soon To Follow

May 19, 2012

Students in Boise schools will pay more for lunch this fall. And lunch prices in other districts are likely to go up as well.

Peggy Bodnar says the Boise School District has tried hard to keep from raising the lunch price. But the district’s Food Service Supervisor says now they have to. She explains, “there were numerous changes that came about with that Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.”

Oregon Bans American Indian Sports Mascots In Schools

May 18, 2012
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Native American-themed sports mascots will no longer be allowed in Oregon public schools. That's the decision Thursday by the state Board of Education. The vote was 5 to 1.

Fifteen high schools in Oregon's 197 districts have mascots like Indians, Braves and Chiefs. The new rule phases them out by July of 2017. There is room for Warriors as a team name, as long as the imagery that goes with it is not about Native Americans.

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The memorial service for University of Idaho football player Ken McRoyal is next Wednesday in Carson, California. McRoyal was shot to death last weekend in the Lincoln Heights section of Los Angeles.

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The Payette School District is considering an unusual way to boost student attendance. Middle school principal Rick Hale has proposed a quarterly reward worth about $20 for perfect attendance. Students could choose between free admission to dances or sporting events, transportation to away games for athletes, or movie passes. He says overall, school attendance is pretty good.  He just wants to get more students in class, more often.

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The Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps and University of Idaho alumnus, General James Amos, delivered the commencement address at the University of Idaho in Moscow Saturday. He told graduates the country stands waiting for young men and women of character.

A native of Idaho and a 1970 graduate of the UI, General Amos returned to Moscow as the first career aviator to become commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, a position he’s held since 2010.

Science Education In The Spotlight In Idaho

May 13, 2012
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A study called the Nation’s Report Card for science came out last week. Idaho students scored 14th nationally. At the same time education leaders from across the state met to discuss how to improve the state’s science education. Last week’s STEM Summit brought together, teachers, administrators, politicians, and business leaders from all over Idaho to talk about the future of science, technology, engineering and math education. Brenda Gardunia was one of the speakers. She’s a long time Boise teacher and is working for the National Science Foundation through an Albert Einstein Fellowship.

Honorary Degree: What Is It Good For?

May 11, 2012
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At graduation ceremonies across the Northwest this spring, a handful of people will receive what are known as “honorary degrees.” Typically, they’re awarded to distinguished humanitarians, writers and entrepreneurs. But what, if anything, can you actually do with an honorary degree?

Idaho Holds Steady On Science Report Card

May 10, 2012
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A study often called The Nation's Report Card came out Thursday. The National Center for Education Statistics gave eighth graders a new science test in 2009 and gave it again in 2011. None of the states did worse last year, 16 did better, most scored about the same. Idaho was one of those. But NCES’s Arnold Goldstein says Idaho did well on the science test overall.

Idaho Pays For SAT To Boost College Enrollment

May 10, 2012
Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

Results come out Thursday from Idaho’s first mandated SAT exam. The state paid the tab for more than 16,000 high school juniors to take the college entrance exam this year. It cost tax payers more than $900,000.

Joe Lovelace is a junior at Boise High. He wants a score that will get him in to Dartmouth or Cornell. Lovelace says he’ll check the SAT website first thing. “I have to leave for school about 6:15 to get to jazz band, " he says.  So he'll probably try to check his score around 5:45.

Idaho Chose SAT Over ACT For Practical Reasons

May 9, 2012
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Results will be released tomorrow  for the 16,ooo high school juniors who took the SAT a few weeks ago. This is the first year Idaho has paid for all juniors to take the college entrance exam. It’s part of a new set of graduation requirements that go into effect for the class of 2013.

Senate Republicans in Washington, D.C. blocked a Democratic bill to keep some student loan interest rates from doubling.  U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID) was among them.

Crapo says most lawmakers want to keep subsidized Stafford loan rates at their current 3.4 percent.  Republicans and Democrats, though, disagree on how to pay for it. 

Boise State Budgets For Flat Enrollment

May 3, 2012
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Friday Boise State University’s President goes before students and faculty to talk about the school’s 2013 budget. That includes a tuition increase and, for the first time in years, a boost in state funding. BSU’s increase from the state is larger than either ISU or the University of Idaho in part because it’s had faster student growth. 

Two Idaho Students Win U.S. Presidential Scholar Award

May 2, 2012

Two Idaho high school students have been named U.S. Presidential Scholars for 2012. Casey Davis of Idaho Falls and Katherine Waltar of Post Falls were chosen by a White House commission for their excellence in academics, arts, leadership, citizenship, service, and contributions to school and community. Waltar’s principal at Coeur D’Alene Charter Academy says that list of qualifications defines her character. Dan Nicklay says Waltar is always smiling even when working hard and she’s almost always working hard.

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The U.S. House has yet to reauthorize the Violence against Women Act which passed the Senate last week. That act supports programs across the country including the Idaho Coalition against Sexual and Domestic Violence. But the coalition also uses a private grant to teach young teens about healthy relationships.

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