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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.

One more year: NCLB waiver extended

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Idaho’s 2-year-old No Child Left Behind waiver will remain in place through 2014-15. But some changes are afoot — including beefed-up reports on college “go-on” rates.

A closer look at the State Board picks

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Documents released to Idaho Education News by Gov. Butch Otter’s office shed some light on some — but not all — of the applicants for two State Board of Education vacancies. Some applications have already been destroyed, an Otter aide said Tuesday.

Could guns-on-campus law expand?


Another round of legislation could even extend to the K-12 system, one college president said last week. But according to one key senator, no changes are in the offing at this point.

Video: Talking WiFI and lottery money


In this week’s “Making the Grade” segment, Kevin Richert talks with Michelle Edmonds of KIVI and KNIN about a couple of dollars-and-cents school topics.

Data security debate shifts to states

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In addition to Idaho, at least a half a dozen states have passed student data security laws since 2013.

State endowment logs a big increase

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However, the 18.8 percent return on investments may lead to only a small increase in payments to public schools.

Schools pocket $30.6 million from lottery

Idaho Lottery, 7.15.14

It was a record-setting year for ticket sales — and proceeds for schools and state buildings. The Idaho Lottery is celebrating its 25th anniversary this week.

State could tighten contract rules

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The proposed rule changes — which could come before the 2015 Legislature — come in the wake of controversies over school broadband and WiFi contracts.

The changing face of Statehouse coverage

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A Pew Research Center report looks at this changing media landscape — and the role of “nontraditional” news outlets such as Idaho Education News.

FCC approves school WiFi plan

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The plan will put $1 billion a year into school and library WiFi systems — and could ultimately affect close to 260,000 Idaho students.

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