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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.

Lessons from a dive into school data


Idaho Education News’ Kevin Richert spent 3 1/2 days at a seminar on data-driven schools reporting. Here’s his takeaway — aside from a laptop full of Excel spreadsheets.

Video: Nampa superintendent profile

Reporters and Peterson

See the KIVI/KNIN segment on our interview with new Nampa schools superintendent David Peterson.

David Peterson’s move, and Nampa’s transition

David Peterson interview

The district’s fourth superintendent since 2012 hopes to focus on academics.

Balukoff: Shredding may have broken law


Destroying 22 State Board of Education applications defies logic, and may also violate state public records law, gubernatorial candidate A.J. Balukoff said Monday.

Following the leadership premium dollars

VanBuren 1

How are districts spending $15.8 million in teacher leadership premiums? Here’s a closer look.

Valley district shifts to four-day calendar


The south-central Idaho district will make the shift, even after voters approved a supplemental levy in May.

A school trustee’s learning curve

Shauneen Grange, pulled from her Linkedin account

For Shauneen Grange — a longtime Idaho political activist — a 17-month run on the Boise School Board has provided an education into the city’s education system.

Boise trustee election starts heating up

Boise School District

Travis Jones labels former Rep. Brian Cronin as a candidate “who represents the status quo.” The two will square off in a Sept. 2 election.

Video: Talking State Board appointments

Kevin Richert, College of Education, Tag

This week’s “Making the Grade” segment is all about the State Board of Education appointments, and the curious State Board of Education paper trail.

Those destroyed State Board applications …

Statehouse sunlight

Gov. Butch Otter’s office destroyed at least 15 applications for vacancies on the State Board of Education. Here’s what the state law says, and doesn’t say, on records retention.

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