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Author Archives: Idaho Education News

Lawmakers continue their dive into school facilities dilemma

Lawmakers reconvened Oct. 25 to continue the job of trying to solve the longstanding issue of paying for school buildings. After bouncing around ideas, the Funding Construction of Public Schools working group made little movement in its second one-hour meeting. ...

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Idaho’s CTE programs slated to get millions in grants

From welding to nursing to culinary arts, CTE programs across the state are getting an $8 million boost. Grants in amounts ranging from about $5,000 to more than half a million have been awarded to K-12 schools and higher education ...

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Blaine County to help teachers who can’t find an affordable place to live

Housing in Blaine County is so expensive teachers are living in the streets, and the shortage of affordable options has affected the school district’s ability to recruit and retain its workforce. “There are teachers who live in RVs parked on ...

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Chubbuck charter breaks ground on a new middle school

Chubbuck’s Connor Academy charter school is expanding by building a new school – Alpine Academy – to serve students in grades 6-8. The existing building, built in 2015, currently houses 540 students in grades K-8. With a waiting list of ...

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State freezes endowment payments for public schools, other beneficiaries

Idaho will freeze next year’s endowment payments to public schools and other beneficiaries, in the face of market volatility. The state Land Board approved the 2023-24 payments Tuesday, making no changes from this year’s record awards. Here’s a breakdown of next year’s $100.3 ...

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Posted: K-12 job applicants welcome

The pressure is on. Idaho school districts are hustling to fill vacancies for teachers, bus drivers, custodians — and especially paraprofessionals — before students arrive in a matter of days. Most districts have the staff they need to welcome students, ...

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Analysis: A long-term enrollment challenge looms for Idaho higher ed (access required)

Colleges have been fighting the enrollment crisis of the day: recruiting students in the COVID-19 era. But other enrollment issues loom on the horizon in Idaho. The issues have to do with demographics: growth and birth rates. And they could ...

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Analysis: This negotiating season, will teacher pay raises meet expectations?

Some teachers already know what kind of raises they can expect this year. In Nampa, administrators and union negotiators are just starting to talk about dollars. Idaho school districts and charters have a windfall for teacher salaries: in Nampa, the ...

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Workforce program pairs teachers with tech firms

Originally posted on IdahoEdNews.org on July 11, 2019 Penni Aufderheide works with 3D and virtual reality programs at the Boise startup Blocksmith. A Jerome teacher is spending her summer wearing VR headsets and working with 3D graphics at a Boise ...

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