Education Technology
4:48 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

11 Idaho Schools To Share $3 Million For Technology Pilot Projects

Shelby Harris uses Khan Academy and her Google Chromebooks for what's sometimes called a flipped classroom. Students get part of their instruction online so she can spend most of her time working with individuals or small groups.
Credit Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

Idaho’s Department of Education has announced 11 schools will share $3 million for technology pilot projects.

Eighty-one schools applied for the grants. The requests totaled nearly $20 million.

Here are the schools that get the money and what they plan to do with it.

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8:48 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Idaho Universities Get $20 Million To Study Landscapes, Cities

Credit Darci Niles / Design Naturale Photography

The National Science Foundation has awarded $20 million to Idaho researchers to study the connections between society and landscapes.

The research work is aimed at helping Idahoans better understand ecosystems in the state, and to help residents better understand the relationship between people and the environment. The five year, $20 million grant from the National Science Foundation is the seventh in a row to Idaho EPSCor, a statewide program targeting competitive research.

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2:22 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Universities Say Research Funding Cuts May Bring Job Cuts

Jimmy Emerson Flickr

Originally published on Mon February 25, 2013 5:59 pm

The Northwest's public universities pull in massive amounts of federal research dollars. It totaled $1 billion last year at the University of Washington. Oregon State University won close to $200 million in federal research funds. The University of Idaho is counting on $100 million this year. So it's no surprise that university administrators are hanging on every scrap of news about imminent automatic federal budget cuts.

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1:19 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Idaho School Districts Want To Compete For Federal Money

Fourteen Idaho school districts say they’ll compete for federal Race to the Top money. Nearly 900 districts around the country have submitted intent to apply paperwork. They all want a slice of the $400 million available from the new Race to the Top-District competition.

In Idaho the Bonneville District wants the biggest share. It will apply for two grants worth between $20 million and $30 million.

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5:47 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

Idaho Schools Get Grant To Provide Healthy Snacks

Dragon fruit was of the new things Van Buren students got to try last time they had an afternoon snack.
mfdudu Flickr

More than 100 Idaho schools have been selected to receive a federal grant to give kids more fresh fruits and vegetables. The grants are meant to provide healthy snacks outside of the school lunch and breakfast program.

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StateImpact Idaho
4:28 pm
Thu May 3, 2012

Idaho Communities To Receive More Than $5.5 Million In Grant Funds

Main Street in Fairfield, Idaho.
Molly Messick StateImpact Idaho

Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter has signed off on more than $5.5 million in grant awards to Idaho communities.

Otter followed the guidance of the Idaho Economic Advisory Council in his decisions, approving all 18 grant proposals that the council recommended for funding.

Twin Falls will receive $500,000 in federal Community Development Block Grant dollars to upgrade its water system.  Continue reading...

4:31 pm
Tue April 17, 2012

Foundation Gives Idaho Schools $2 Million In Grants

Tom Luna

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.