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Broadband snafu could cost school districts nearly $2 million

Idaho school districts could be out close to $2 million, as a result of the latest Idaho Education Network budget snafu. Fifty-seven school districts and charter schools could stand to lose out on “e-Rate” money — federally administered dollars collected ...

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Idaho House passes public school budget

It took less than 30 minutes for legislators to pass the state’s largest budget, spending more than $1.5 billion in the process. Taken together, the budgets increase education spending by 6.8 percent over this year’s levels, or about $100 million. ...

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Senate committee shoots down income tax reduction, grocery tax credit increase

The latest salvo in this year’s House-Senate showdown on taxes was over almost before it began. The Senate Local Government and Taxation Committee shot down House Bill 380, a $27.8 million package to reduce income taxes and increase the grocery ...

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State Education Department report fraught with bad math

A report tracking $16.7 million in teacher “leadership premiums” — compiled by the State Department of Education and presented to two legislative committees — is fraught with math errors. The report came under some harsh scrutiny in the House Education ...

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Graduation rates: Some good news, and some old news

Idaho’s latest graduation rates are a mix of good news and old news. On the plus side, numbers went up statewide, according to Idaho EdNews. The 78.9 percent graduation rate for 2014-15 represented an increase from 73.3 percent from 2013-14 ...

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Idaho graduation rates show improvement

Idaho’s high school graduation rates showed some improvement last year. According to the 2014-15 numbers, released Feb. 12 by the State Department of Education, 78.9 percent of seniors received their high school diploma, according to Idaho EdNews. The 2013-14 graduation ...

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Idaho’s big-money broadband battle rages on in court

The Idaho Education Network is dead. In a brief filed the week of Jan. 18, an attorney for network vendor Qwest pointedly refers to the statewide broadband system in the past tense. The state’s hired attorneys place all the blame ...

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Working group formed to revamp school funding formula

An informal legislative “working group” will take on the complicated and time-consuming effort of revamping Idaho’s public school funding formula. News of the working group broke late Jan. 21, Idaho EdNews reported. But it’s unlikely the group will produce any ...

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Rule would allow teachers to work without certification

Both legislative education committees have approved a rule allowing districts to use a non-traditional route to fill teaching vacancies. The Senate Education Committee voted in favor of the rule Jan. 19, Idaho EdNews reported. It would allow districts to hire ...

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Legislative committee votes to ease fire alarm rules in smaller schools

The Senate Commerce and Human Resources Committee approved a rule Jan. 19 that would ease fire alarm requirements in a host of buildings — including smaller schools. Under the rule change, fire alarms would be required only in school buildings ...

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