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Commerce director tells lawmakers not to cut taxes

Legislators serving on a bipartisan tax working group received a bit of a surprise message Oct. 6 from outgoing Department of Commerce Director Jeff Sayer: Don’t lower taxes right now. Sayer, a Gov. Butch Otter appointee who is resigning at ...

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State’s broadband costs could fall $5M below projections

Lawmakers received $5 million worth of good news Oct. 6. The state’s bill for school broadband could come in well below budget. One reason for the savings: School districts have been able to tap into federally administered dollars that had ...

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Most school districts and charters break Idaho transparency laws

Almost every district and charter in Idaho is out of compliance with state laws created to promote transparency in spending, contracts and long-term strategic planning. Idaho law requires districts and charters to post the following information on their websites: • ...

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Wilder students will receive iPads

By Nov. 12, every student in Wilder’s two schools could have an iPad. District Superintendent Jeff Dillon applied for state pilot project grants for iPads without success. Then he began talking to officials with Apple about equipping his 450 students, ...

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West Ada opens computer science magnet school

Sophomore Chris Johnson smiled in what he said is “by far my favorite class” at Centennial High School.  He is a four-year track to earn a computer programing certification so he’ll be instantly employable when he graduates. “I love computers,” ...

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Panel: Gap exists between education and work force needs (access required)

A “serious” gap exists between what Idahoans are learning and what the workplace demands, causing employers to look out of state for quality applicants. That was the sentiment from a discussion August 11 hosted by the Idaho Business Review titled ...

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Mountain Home to float $5M plant facilities levy

Mountain Home School District Superintendent James Gilbert has hired consultants to help him win community support for a $5 million, five-year plant facility levy. Gilbert hired consultants from Boise State University to prioritize and price the safety repairs needed in ...

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School broadband costs climb

Idaho’s high school broadband costs are trending upward — but the local Internet contracts still represent big savings from the defunct Idaho Education Network. In the West Ada School District, Idaho’s largest, high-speed Internet costs could climb from $4,200 a ...

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Business community pushes for computer science in curriculum (access required)

Idaho’s business community is instigating an effort to change curriculum in order to produce graduates with improved critical thinking and problem-solving skills. It’s an industry-led effort to develop a more skilled work force. “This is going to be a game-changer,” ...

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State owes $930,000 in legal fees in broadband dispute

The state owes more than $930,000 in legal fees to the company that successfully sued to overturn the Idaho Education Network contract, a judge ruled last month. Like most legal matters involving the scuttled high school broadband project, this issue ...

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