education

Cursive Handwriting
4:41 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Do We Still Need To Learn Cursive?

The most famous version of the Declaration of Independence was inscribed by the fine hand of clerk Timothy Matlack.
National Archives

Cursive handwriting may soon go the way of the card catalog and the film projector. Schools are moving to new curriculum standards that put more emphasis on typing skills. But not everyone is ready for the cursive alphabet to become a relic. The Idaho legislature is considering a statewide cursive mandate.

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Education Reform
5:50 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Reform Vs. Funding: Battle Shaping Up In Washington Legislature

Senate Majority Leader Rodney Tom, second from right, says education reforms must come before additional funding.
Credit Northwest News Network

One of the key battles shaping up in Olympia this year is over education reform. The Senate’s new majority coalition is proposing a series of measures aimed at getting better results in the classroom. Among the ideas: a state takeover of failing schools.

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Education Gap
4:41 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Idaho's Hispanic Education Gap Shrinks

Emory Maiden Flickr

Originally published on Fri January 18, 2013 4:36 pm

Idaho is starting to see the education gap narrow for Latino students. That's according to the state's Commission on Hispanic Affairs. Latinos are the fastest growing segment of Idaho’s school system.

The commission's director Margie Gonzalez told a legislative panel the days of double digit drop-out rates for Hispanic kids are gone. More Latinos are enrolling in college. And last month, a national assessment of vocabulary showed huge gains among Hispanic students in Idaho.

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Ougoing Wash. Governor
4:18 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Gregoire Urges Funding For Schools, Roads In Final Speech

Office of the Governor

Originally published on Tue January 15, 2013 4:16 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – In her final state of the state speech, outgoing Washington Governor Chris Gregoire urged lawmakers to fund schools and roads. The two-term Democrat delivered her farewell address Tuesday to a joint session of the legislature.

Gregoire told the assembled legislators they should come up with an additional $1 billion for schools in the next budget to comply with a state Supreme Court ruling.

“There is no free lunch," the governor said. "We cannot cut our way out of this. We cannot save our way out of this.”

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Idaho Teachers
6:56 am
Wed January 9, 2013

Report: Idaho Teachers Feel “Strong Undercurrent Of Despair

Teacher morale is low throughout Idaho. And school administrators have serious concerns about recruiting and retaining teachers. As Adam Cotterell reports, those are some of the findings from a new study presented to lawmakers Tuesday.

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Idaho Education
6:20 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Idaho Governor Not Committed To Education Says Former Adviser

Governor Otter giving annual State of the State address on January 7, 2013.
Credit Photo by Aaron Kunz / Northwest News Network

Eliminate a tax on business, build a new mental health facility for prisoners, start a state run health insurance exchange: all things Governor Butch Otter said he wanted to do in his annual State of the State address Monday. But as Adam Cotterell reports, Otter says one thing trumps them all.

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Student CPR Training
6:32 am
Thu December 13, 2012

Students & Fire Chief Advocate For CPR As A Graduation Requirement

Students demonstrate CPR at a committee hearing.
Credit Photo by Virginia Alvino / Northwest News Network

Oregon high school students would be required to learn CPR to get a diploma, under a bill being considered by state lawmakers. A group of students were in Salem Wednesday to lobby on the issue. Virginia Alvino reports.

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Improving Preschool
5:08 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Oregon Wins $20 Million In Federal Early Learning Funds

The federal money will help train preschool teachers and will set up a voluntary grading system for preschools.
Credit U.S. Department of Education website

Oregon learned Thursday it’s getting more than $20 million from the federal government to improve preschool education.

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Oregon Budget
4:23 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

Kitzhaber's Budget Puts Pressure On Lawmakers

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber speaks at the state capitol in Salem.
Credit OPB News

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber firmly put the ball in the court of Oregon lawmakers when he released his two-year budget proposal Friday. The spending plan relies on savings gained from potentially controversial changes to the state's pension and public safety systems.

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Idaho Schools Lose Money
6:45 am
Wed November 28, 2012

Some Idaho School Districts Could Lose Millions After Voters Repeal Education Law

Photo of a typical classroom.
Credit Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Idaho’s school districts are beginning to understand what the repeal of the Student’s Come First education laws will mean for them financially. Voters repealed those laws earlier this month through ballot Propositions 1, 2 and 3. The repeal restores some funding the laws took away. That means a few districts will get more money. The Lake Pend Oreille, Coeur D’Alene, Lewiston and Lapwai districts will all come out ahead.

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