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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’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 Voters repealed those laws earlier this month through ballot Propositions 1, 2 and 3.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.

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 The State Board of Education repealed a rule Monday that required them.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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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.

WA Charter Schools Initiative Passing Narrowly

Nov 7, 2012

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

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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 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.

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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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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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.