Idaho Board Of Education

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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Higher Education
11:41 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Idaho Education Board Approves Law School Expansion

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The Idaho Board of Education has approved a plan to allow second-year University of Idaho law students to take classes in Boise.

It's the second time the state board has granted the request from UI — but last year the budget approval for the expansion was voted down in the Legislature.

UI Vice President for Finance and Administration Ron Smith says he's hopeful that this year lawmakers will support the expansion.

Third-year curriculum is already being offered at the UI's law school program in Boise.

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Education
8:58 am
Thu August 15, 2013

Should Gym Class Be Required For Idaho High School Students? It's Under Consideration

Idaho's State Board of Education is scheduled to vote Thursday on statewide physical education requirements for high school students.

The Idaho Statesman reports the proposal calls for high school graduates to have two credits of physical education, beginning in 2019. Students would also be required to take CPR training, but wouldn't be required to pass a CPR test.

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Charter Schools
8:58 am
Thu July 25, 2013

Struggling Charter School’s Appeal To Idaho Board Of Education Likely Won’t Be Considered

North Star Charter School in Eagle has appealed the move by the Meridian School District to revoke its charter to the State Board of Education. But that appeal may be premature. It’s the latest move in what has become, to all parties, a maze of shifting and difficult to understand state law.

Meridian started the process of revocation last month saying the school it authorized 10 years ago is not financially stable. But the district has not actually revoked the document that allows North Star to operate.

Spokesman Eric Exline says the district can’t do that.

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Education Task Force
4:30 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Idaho’s Education Improvement Task Force Set To Wrap Up Listening Tour

Task force members wait for the start of first public meeting in Nampa earlier in April.
Credit Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

Idaho’s Task Force for Improving Education wraps up a series of public meetings Thursday in Boise. The task force’s final public listening meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. at the state capital. 

It has been traveling Idaho for two weeks. The group’s goal is to put together recommendations for overhauling the state’s education system that can find broad support.

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Education
4:04 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Idaho Education Task Force Starts State Tour For Public Input

Mike Rush, Idaho State Board of Education executive director speaking at the first meeting of the Task Force for Improving Education
Credit Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

Idaho’s Task Force for Improving Education starts a whirlwind tour of the state this week. Members have been meeting since January to find education reforms with broad support. Governor Butch Otter asked the State Board of Education to put the group together after voters repealed a series of education laws last November. Now the task force wants public feedback.

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Substance Abuse
1:12 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Board Of Ed Wants Universities To Study Policies On Substance Abuse

The Idaho State Board of Education is asking the state’s colleges and universities to study the issue of substance abuse among their students.

Lewis Clark State College President Tony Fernandez says it’s a problem familiar to those who work in higher education. “There are issues that are growing, and have been growing, over the last ten or fifteen years, on college campuses, when it comes to substance abuse, be it alcohol or drugs.”

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Education Reform
5:58 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Idaho School Reform Group Starts Work Next Week

Pictured: Participants in a debate held last October over Props 1, 2 and 3, the ballot measures that overturned the Students Come First laws. Some of these people will serve on the Education Improvement Task Force including Anne Ritter at right.
Credit Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

Idaho governor Butch Otter last week said the State Board of Education would “shepherd” a statewide discussion about improving schools. That’s something the governor and many others have talked about since voters repealed an education overhaul last November. What’s being called the Education Improvement Task Force is scheduled to start work next week, but its member list is not complete.

It will have about 30 members. Ten stakeholder groups made nominations. One name we do know is Richard Westerberg. A member of the State Board of Education, Westerberg will chair the task force.

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Online Classes
4:03 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

Idaho High School Students Won't Be Required To Take Online Classes

Board member Milford Terrell, (at table left) state employees and journalists were the only ones to attend Monday's meeting in person. All seven other members of the board participated by phone.
Credit Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

Idaho high school students won't have to take online classes to graduate. The State Board of Education repealed a rule Monday that required them.

Voters rejected the Students Come First laws on November 6 but one of those laws had a twist. It required the board of education to set the online class requirement, which it did. That requirement was still in place despite the laws' repeal.  The Idaho Legislature still has to sign off but, board spokesperson Marilyn Whitney says students should consider it gone.

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Online Classes
6:11 am
Fri November 9, 2012

Technology Law Goes, Online Class Requirement For Idaho Students Stays

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Two thirds of Idaho voters Tuesday rejected a law to increase technology use in schools. Of the three propositions voted down, it was Proposition Three that failed by the widest margin. That one repeals the technology component of the Students Come First laws. But one of the most well-known parts of that law will remain in place.

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Education
11:27 am
Fri June 22, 2012

Board Of Ed Has A Plan To Get More Idahoans A Degree

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Idaho’s State Board of Education Thursday approved a plan to get more students to go on to college. It’s called Complete College Idaho and its goal is for 60 percent of Idahoans between 25 and 34 years of age to have a post-secondary degree or certificate by 2020. It includes reforms to college remediation programs and measures to decrease the amount of time it takes to earn a degree or certificate. The Board of Ed held focus groups and sent out surveys to students, teachers, businesses, and community groups to get feedback on the plan before it was approved.

Education
6:10 am
Thu April 19, 2012

State Board Vote: Idaho University Students Will Pay More Next Fall

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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.

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Education
5:54 pm
Tue April 17, 2012

Idaho Universities Want To Raise Tuition, Again

Chris Rosenbaum is Boise State University's Executive Budget Director
Adam Cotterell Boise State Public Radio

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.

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