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.
One big reason for the savings: School districts have tapped into federal funds that were cut off during the Idaho Education Network contract dispute.
A spokesman for state superintendent Sherri Ybarra downplays the June 30 letter from Gov. Butch Otter to State Board of Education members.
The lawsuit challenging the Idaho Core Standards — and Common Core testing — resembles cases filed in two other states.
The U.S. Department of Education honored 335 schools in 45 states — either for high performance or for closing achievement gaps.