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Otter calls for 7.9 percent increase in education funding

Gov. Butch Otter on Jan. 11 called for increasing K-12 spending by 7.9 percent next year. In connection with his annual State of the State address, Otter laid out a series of budget recommendations that called for increasing public school ...

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Otter pledges to address Idaho’s low graduation rates

Gov. Butch Otter on Jan. 7 promised to use his State of the State address Jan. 11 to propose initiatives designed to improve Idaho’ high school graduation rates. For years, Otter and members of the State Board of Education have ...

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School supplemental levies increase

Idaho’s supplemental levy bill has grown even as state K-12 funding has increased. The 2015 Legislature approved a $1.48 billion K-12 budget for 2015-16, a $101 million increase. With this year’s budget, legislators finally exceeded the K-12 spending plan approved ...

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New, surprising numbers: Idaho graduation rate well below national average

Idaho’s graduation rate tied for 41st in the nation in 2013-14, according to new numbers released Dec. 15 by the U.S. Department of Education. Idaho’s graduation rate came in at 77.3 percent; the national rate was 82.3 percent. The state’s ...

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National college enrollment numbers decrease

College attendance declined this fall in 37 states, including Idaho. Nationwide, college attendance dropped by 1.7 percent this year, according to National Student Clearinghouse Research Center statistics released Dec. 16 and reported by Idaho EdNews. All told, 19.2 million students ...

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School enrollment rises 4,400 statewide

Statewide, K-12 enrollment is up more than 4,400 students from a year ago. Much of the growth has occurred in a handful of urban and suburban districts — where enrollment increases are pretty much an annual occurrence. K-12 enrollment reached ...

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Lewiston floats local option sales tax proposal

Board members from the Lewiston Independent School District are looking to gain support for a proposal to allow districts to use a local option sales tax to pay for schools facilities construction, Idaho EdNews reported. The proposal is one of ...

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Idaho City to build outdoor education center

The Basin School District has purchased 87 acres to build an outdoor education center. It took more than 16 years for Basin to acquire the federal land for $866, or about $10 an acre, Idaho EdNews reported. The land came ...

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Castleford School District seeks alternative for publishing legal notices

Castleford School District trustees want to change how school officials are required to publish legal notices of elections and budget hearings. Leaders of the southern Idaho school district would like the option to publish legal notices on their website, instead ...

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