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Kevin Richert is an award-winning journalist with 27 years of experience reporting on education and government. Most of his professional career has been spent in Idaho.

Book controversy gives way to giveaway

Meridian giveaway I

On Wednesday, ‘The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian’ was absolutely free to Meridian students. And business was brisk.

A long, good look at Common Core politics

Common Core hearing

How will the split over Common Core shape Republican presidential politics in 2016? Here’s an early look from the New York Times.

Superintendent campaign schedule fills up

Statehouse dome

Republicans running for state schools superintendent will make at least three joint appearances in the next 15 days. Here’s how you can learn more — and quiz the candidates.

Candidates stake out differences with platform

GOP logo

Among the differences: GOP state superintendent candidate Andy Grover objects to using tax credits to encourage school choice, while primary opponent Sherri Ybarra says she is open to pre-K.

Book fundraiser meets its target

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Two women have raised enough money to provide 350 Meridian students with a copy of Sherman Alexie’s controversial novel, “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.” Books will be handed out Wednesday.

Snake River teacher keeps her job


The Eastern Idaho school district has decided to keep veteran science teacher Elaine Asmus on the job — but she faces one year of probation.

Bedke pushes for lands transfer

Federal lands

Idaho’s House speaker attends a multistate summit on state management of public lands. Supporters say states can better manage public lands to fund education; critics say the move would come at an exorbitant cost.

Kuna levy election heats up

Kuna main

When Kuna’s school levy was rejected in March, fewer than one in five registered voters turned out to the polls. A higher-profile election is looming on May 20.

Blaine picks superintendent finalists

Blaine County School District logo

The community can meet and question the finalists at a forum Tuesday night. Neither of candidate is from Idaho.

Homedale shifts to four-day schedule


The schedule change will go into effect for the 2014-15 school year. With the move, Homedale joins 40 other districts that have adopted a four-day school calendar.

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