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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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Higher Education
3:33 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Idaho's Lewis-Clark State College Drops Its Application Fee While Others Increase

Historic marker for Lewis-Clark College perched above Lewiston Idaho
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Idaho’s Lewis-Clark State College announced Monday it will stop charging an application fee for students sending in the paper form and drop the online application fee to $5.25.

The Lewiston school was already the application-fee bargain for Idaho’s four-year state schools at $35.

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College Readiness
8:08 pm
Sun September 8, 2013

Idaho 2013 SAT Scores Nearly Unchanged From 2012

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Idaho high school juniors who took the SAT last spring scored nearly the same compared to those who took the college entrance exam the year before. The College Board, the company that administers the SAT, says 500 is the benchmark which indicates students are ready for college. The 2013 juniors scored 452 in reading, 452 in math and 446 in writing. The 2012 group got 448 in reading, 454 in math and 447 in writing.

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Education Technology
2:51 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

School Wi-Fi Contractor Drops Price After Pressure From Idaho Lawmakers

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A company installing wireless Internet networks in Idaho public schools says it will reduce the contract's price tag amid pressure from lawmakers who question the deal.

The Spokesman-Review reported Friday that Tennessee-based Education Networks of America and the State Department of Education agreed the company will be paid only for schools it connects with Wi-Fi system, not get a flat fee.

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Education
6:40 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Idaho Educator Featured In CBS Documentary "Teach"

Shelby Harris and her seventh graders are using Khan Academy, an online learning program.
Credit Don Holtz

Idaho teacher Shelby Harris is featured in a documentary by Academy Award winning filmmaker Davis Guggenheim that premieres Friday on CBS.

"Teach" features four educators from around the country, each trying different strategies to teach and inspire their students.

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School Safety
6:50 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Report: Idaho One Of Four States Without School Disaster Plan Requirements

This Bureau of Reclamation photo shows the Teton Dam collapse on June 5, 1976 near Newdale, Idaho.
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Idaho doesn’t require schools or daycares to have disaster plans. According to a report out this week from the nonprofit Save the Children, Idaho is one of four states that have no requirement.

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Education
1:00 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

48 Idaho Schools "Flip The Classroom" And Pilot Khan Academy Online Learning

Shelby Harris' work with Khan Academy will be featured in a documentary called "Teach" airing Sept. 6 on CBS.
Credit Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

Shelby Harris’s first period is not a typical seventh grade class. The students come in, get laptops and go to work.

“Without any instruction from me,” Harris says. “They know exactly what path they’re on. And they just work. It’s amazing.”

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Education
2:15 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Gov. Otter Backs A Proposal To Restore Idaho Education Funding

Gov. Butch Otter talks with lawmakers before delivering his 2013 State of the State Address.
Credit Idaho Statesman

Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter backed recommendations from an Idaho education task force, saying his top priority in 2014 and beyond will be restoring funding to school districts that have suffered recession-fueled cuts since 2008.

Otter told a Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce crowd Tuesday his top spending priority will be restoring $82.5 million in operational revenue lost by Idaho's 115 school districts.

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