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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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With contract signed, focus now turns to funding

Now that state officials have signed a $180 million deal to put laptop computers in the hands of Idaho high school students and teachers, the challenge facing lawmakers when they come to Boise in January may be finding the cash ...

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Some want 6-man football at Idaho’s rural schools

With enrollments slipping at some rural Idaho schools, football-crazy boosters say saving endangered gridiron programs could require switching to six-man teams from the current minimum of eight players. In the past five years, Camas County High School’s enrollment has dropped ...

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New lawsuit latest step in Idaho schools battle

A lawsuit over Idaho’s system of funding public schools is growing, with the former school superintendent who is pressing the case reviving the claims made in another lawsuit that plodded through Idaho’s courts for 15 years. Russell Joki, a former ...

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Catholic radio network buys second Twin Falls station (access required)

Salt & Light Radio is buying the College of Southern Idaho’s radio station, KEJZ 1450 AM, for $25,000. Under Salt & Light, the station will continue to broadcast in Spanish, but switch from a public radio format to Catholic religious ...

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Idaho teachers leave profession in bigger numbers

Idaho teachers are leaving the profession in bigger numbers, with more than 1,800 making their exit last year, but at the same time, more individuals are getting certified to become educators, the state Department of Education said Sept. 28. The ...

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CSI close to breaking ground on $8 million tech building (access required)

The College of Southern Idaho expects to soon take bids on a new building that will put many of its technology programs under one roof. The $8.5 million Applied Technology and Innovation Center is targeted to open for classes in ...

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Refugee training group will move to larger quarters (access required)

Create Common Good, a Boise-based nonprofit organization that trains refugees and others who need assistance, is moving its food production operations out of its borrowed quarters in a downtown church to a 3,600-square-foot industrial space on Federal Way. The group ...

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Universities putting IGEM money to use

An effort to leverage Idaho research universities’ brainpower into new technologies and companies is only a few months old, but the schools are making progress that should help Idaho businesses in the future. Idaho lawmakers created the Idaho Global Entrepreneurial ...

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