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Schools in timber country receive funding reprieve

Schools in Idaho timber country will continue to receive a share of money from the federal Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act. Idaho schools received $7.2 million from the program in 2013-14. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a two-year ...

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Idaho school enrollment shifts (access required)

Statewide enrollment of students in K-12 increased slightly this year, from 289,063 to 291,010 – just 0.7 percent, according to Feb. 15 numbers compiled by the state Department of Education and reported by Idaho EdNews. Ninety-nine of the state’s districts ...

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Kindergarten enrollment drops across the state (access required)

Kindergarten enrollment dropped in 2014 in Boise and across the state, and Boise district superintendent Don Coberly has a theory about what happened. He links the dropoff to the Great Recession from five years earlier. The economic downturn may have ...

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Lawmakers want a say on broadband

Before the state writes a new contract to provide high school broadband, lawmakers want their chance to weigh in. Both the Idaho House and Senate have passed resolutions to create a legislative “interim committee” to study the issue. The moves ...

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Idaho teacher salaries took an unexplained dip in 2013-14 (access required)

The average teacher pay in Idaho dropped by more than $200 from 2012-13 to 2013-14 — a decrease that the state’s teachers’ union can’t explain, Idaho Education News reported. On average, only two states pay their teachers less than Idaho. ...

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Education groups oppose highway funding plan

With a vote pending on a bill that could divert general fund dollars into highway projects, the leaders of three prominent education groups are urging lawmakers to reject the idea. “There should be no higher priority than investing in our ...

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Report: State has ‘sunk’ $61 million into Schoolnet (access required)

The state has “sunk” about $61 million into a flawed statewide instructional management system, and now has few options going forward. That’s the conclusion of a state report criticizing the Schoolnet project — a system that was supposed to provide ...

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JFAC votes to stick with local broadband contracts (access required)

With many school districts saving big money by securing their own broadband contracts, legislative budget-writers want to stick with this plan. The Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee March 9 voted to give state superintendent Sherri Ybarra’s office $6.3 million to reimburse schools ...

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Legislature introduces $125 million career ladder

Idaho lawmakers in the House Education Committee introduced a salary bill March 4 that is designed to increase spending on teacher pay by $125.6 million over five years. After getting a sneak preview of draft legislation outlining the plan on ...

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Broadband providers vie for the next statewide schools contract

As the self-labeled Idaho Education Network “incumbent,” Education Networks of America is urging the state to stick with a reliable, cost-effective statewide school broadband system. Syringa Networks, the Idaho company that has successfully fought the Idaho Education Network contract in ...

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