education

Idaho Online Classes
6:06 am
Tue November 20, 2012

Idaho High School Students Won't Be Required To Take Online Classes

Idaho high school students won't have to take online classes to graduate. The State Board of Education repealed a rule Monday that required them. Voters rejected the Students Come First laws on November 6 but one of those laws had a twist. It required the board of education to set the online class requirement, which it did.

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Public University Enrollment
5:17 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Oregon Higher Ed Enrollment On The Rise

An aerial view of the Memorial Union at Oregon State University. OSU has seen a nearly 6 percent increase in enrollment.
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The number of students enrolled at public universities in Oregon has reached an all-time high. The Oregon University System announced Thursday that more than 101,000 people are taking classes.

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WA Charter Schools
8:43 am
Wed November 7, 2012

WA Charter Schools Initiative Passing Narrowly

The initiative to allow charter schools in Washington state is narrowly passing with 51 percent of the vote.

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Idaho Education Rejection
8:27 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Idaho Rejects Teacher Pay Reforms And Classroom Technology Laws

Fourth grade teacher Becky Allen of Boise applauds the first results on election night, indicating Idaho’s Props 1, 2 and 3 failed.
Credit Photo Credit: Jessica Robinson

Idaho voters delivered a resounding defeat to three new education laws. Voters said no to limits on teacher bargaining rights, to creating a pay-for-performance system and to ramping up classroom technology. Opponents were successful, in part, by billing the laws as an attack on teachers.

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Idaho Rejects Education Laws
7:55 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Backers Of Idaho Education Overhaul Blame Union Dollars

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Credit Photo Credit: Jessica Robinson

Idaho voters rejected a series of laws that overhauled education in the state. The three laws passed in 2011 at the urging of the Republican state schools superintendent.

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Education Campaign Donors
6:34 am
Thu October 25, 2012

Why Idaho May Win And Lose In Fight To Uncover Donors To Education Proposition Campaign

Idaho’s Secretary of State wants a court to order a group campaigning for Idaho’s ballot referenda to reveal its donors. But making those names public before the election might be difficult. Adam Cotterell has more.

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Education Tax
4:05 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Gregoire Will Propose Education Tax Before Leaving Office

Gov. Chris Gregoire says she will propose a new source of funding for public schools before she leaves office in January.
Northwest News Network

Both candidates for Washington governor have said “no” to higher taxes. But, outgoing Gov. Chris Gregoire says she will propose a new source of funding for public schools before she leaves office in January.

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HP Laptops For Idaho Students
6:06 am
Wed October 24, 2012

HP Will Supply Every Idaho High School Student A Laptop

Photo of women with HP laptop.
Photo Credit: Matthew Bowden/Wikimedia Commons

Hewlett Packard now has an eight year 180 million dollar contract to get laptops into the hands of Idaho high school students and teachers. This meets part of the requirements outlined in the Students Come First education laws.

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Idaho School Reform
6:21 am
Mon October 15, 2012

School Reforms Tested At Idaho Ballot Box

Coeur d’Alene music teacher Tim Sandford displays his political convictions in his yard. He says the ballot fight over new education laws in Idaho has created a “toxic” environment for teachers.
Photo Credit: Jessica Robinson

Idaho is considering whether to keep three education laws that overhaul everything from how teachers are paid to how kids learn in the classroom.

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Commentaries
8:43 am
Fri October 12, 2012

Fetching for a Living

Border Collies are consistently named the most intelligent of all dogs. Is their intelligence simply a matter of nature, or is there some nurture involved as well? Dr. Kirsten Peters wonders about the answer.

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