Education

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.

Tiny Boise School Wins Big In Statewide Poetry Contest

May 1, 2012
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Tuesday night high school artists decorated the sidewalks around the Boise Art Museum with chalk. Each chalk drawing was inspired by a winning poem from a statewide poetry contest. More than 1,600 students entered this competition.  One hundred three were selected for publication. One tiny school produced nine of those winners.

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Friday Idaho’s statewide teacher’s union began its two day annual assembly in Boise to lay down an agenda for the coming year. Many of the Idaho Education Association’s priorities come back to one item.

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More than 400 teachers from throughout Idaho are in Boise Friday and Saturday. They’re delegates to an assembly of the statewide teachers union. This is the 120th time the Idaho Education Association has held this annual meeting. But  this year is a little different.

Every year members of the IEA elect delegates to set the organization’s agenda. This year they’ll meet just like always. Delegates will make proposals, take votes and set priorities for the next year. But this time around there’s already an item on their list.

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Idaho’s Board of Education gave the state’s universities the go ahead Wednesday to raise tuition. This spring a full time student at Boise State University paid nearly $2,800 in tuition and fees, a little more at the University of Idaho.

“Right now in total student tuition and fees they’re paying $2,928. They will be paying 3,106,” says Keith Ickes the University of Idaho’s budget director. He says that tuition increase will start this fall thanks to Wednesday’s State Board of Education decision. The University asked for and got permission to raise tuition by 6.1 percent.

Tom Luna Defends Policies During Moscow Visit

Apr 18, 2012
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Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna finished his post- legislative tour in Moscow on Tuesday, speaking with educators and administrators about the education reform laws approved by the state legislature.

Luna said his plan will fund a one-to-one ratio of students to laptops in Idaho classrooms, not replace teachers with technology. “Laptops are not replacing teachers, no more than when they invented the printing press and we started putting books in schools that books replaced teachers.”

It didn’t take long for supporters of the University of Idaho to raise the issue of putting "flagship" back in the university's proposed mission statement. They brought the matter up Wednesday at the Idaho State Board of Education meeting in Moscow. 

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The Idaho Center for Fiscal Policy released a report last week questioning the constitutionality of Idaho’s education funding system.  Director of the center and former longtime chief state economist Mike Ferguson authored the report.  Two of the largest

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The Associated Press reported Tuesday that the family of a University of Idaho graduate student murdered last August has agreed to a financial settlement with the university in a claim filed against the school. Katy Benoit’s family had filed a three million dollar tort claim against the UI in December.
 

Idaho Universities Want To Raise Tuition, Again

Apr 17, 2012
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Wednesday Idaho’s universities will ask the State Board of Education to raise student tuition. Meanwhile, the state has already signed off on an increase to higher education for the first time in several years. The universities say that financial boost doesn’t cover operating expenses.

Chris Rosenbaum points to columns of numbers on the printout on her desk. It shows Boise State University’s budget going back longer than some of its students have been alive. But the school’s Executive Budget Director says two numbers stand out.

Foundation Gives Idaho Schools $2 Million In Grants

Apr 17, 2012
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Idaho’s Education Superintendent Tom Luna has spent the past two weeks visiting schools across the state to hand out grant money from the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation. Luna has given out about two million dollars to help 15 districts and charter schools learn to use a new state program called Schoolnet. The online system allows teachers to share lesson plans and conduct student assessments.It’s already available to all Idaho teachers. The largest grant went to the state’s largest district. Meridian got 250 thousand dollars. Kuna, Melba, and New Plymouth also received grants.

Study Questions Constitutionality Of Idaho's Education Funding Plan

Apr 13, 2012
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A report released today by the Idaho Center for Fiscal Policy questions whether the state is meeting its constitutional duty to "maintain a general, uniform and thorough system of public, free common schools."

The report is authored by the center's director Mike Ferguson, who was also Idaho's chief economist for 25 years.

An Oregon School District is digging in its heels against a proposed state ban on Native American mascots. The School Board in the Willamette Valley farm town of Lebanon will consider a resolution Thursday to reject the ban.

The Oregon Board of Education could vote as soon as next month to phase out Native American-themed school mascots over the next five years. But the prospect isn't going over well in the Lebanon School District. The high school's athletes are called the Warriors and the logo includes an image of a Native American on a horse.

Idaho’s Program To Train Doctors Still Relevant At 40

Mar 21, 2012
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More than 500 students from Idaho have become doctors through a special medical exchange program known as WWAMI. It’s named for the five states that are part of it Washington, Wyoming,  Alaska, Montana, and Idaho. This year WWAMI celebrates its 40th birthday.  Patrice Burgess graduated from that program in 1990. Now she’s a family physician in Boise.

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