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International students boost Idaho’s economy (access required)

Idaho’s nearly 3,000 foreign students add more than cultural diversity to Idaho. They also directly contributed $60.2 million to the state’s economy last year, according to the “Open Doors 2012“ report. The Institute of International Education, a New York nonprofit that promotes ...

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Idaho case on union dues cited as precedent

A 2009 U.S. Supreme Court decision stemming from an Idaho law has set a union dues precedent across the country, and its influence was recently felt in North Carolina. North Carolina’s Wake County Superior Court struck down a state law ...

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BSU sports staying in the Mountain West (access required)

The Boise State University football team won’t move to the Big East Conference, as the university has elected to stay in the Mountain West Conference in all sports. Boise State President Bob Kustra said the MWC’s new TV deal and ...

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Health care will be hottest law practice area in 2013, says staffing firm (access required)

While a stagnant economy means a tough job market for many lawyers, legal staffing experts predict that attorneys with specialized skills will continue to find themselves in high demand in 2013. It’s a “specialist economy” for the legal profession, according ...

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New director for SBDC

The deputy director of the Idaho Small Business Development Center, Katie Sewell, will take the director’s job at that organization Jan. 1. Sewell has been with the SBDC as deputy director for 13 years. She replaces James Hogge, who is ...

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BSU rebrands with B logo

Boise State University its ditching its diamond logo used for academics and other programs and adopting an italicized B logo that’s an updated version of the school’s athletic logo. The redesign was done by Nike, which has been affiliated with ...

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After vote, Idaho ed board ditches online classes

Bending to the will of Idaho voters, members of the State Board of Education voted 7-1 Nov. 19 to ditch a requirement that Idaho high school students take two online classes to graduate. But the decision clearly won’t be the ...

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After defeat, Luna plans to push merit pay in 2013

Public schools chief Tom Luna suggested Nov. 12 he’ll ask the 2013 Idaho Legislature to adopt another pay-for-performance program for teachers, arguing that voters’ rejection of merit bonuses isn’t a sign that they favor the existing way of compensating educators. ...

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Bloomberg, Scott contributed to school reform group (access required)

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Albertson’s heir Joe Scott were the two largest donors to a political group supporting Idaho’s education reform ballot propositions. Scott and Bloomberg gave a combined $450,000 to Education Voters for Idaho, a nonprofit ...

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