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Emmett superintendent steps down

Wayne Rush’s departure became a matter of public record Wednesday. But the board and the superintendent signed a separation agreement a week ago — in a move that may have violated the state’s Open Meetings Law.

Financial concerns continue for four charter schools

The Idaho Public Charter School Commission believes the schools may not remain financially sound, but officials say they can’t close the schools and there are only limited resources to protect taxpayers.

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Turmoil in Blaine County: Critics seek Holmes’ ouster

Critics say Superintendent GwenCarol Holmes has neutralized the school board, while surrounding herself with “yes people” and a “lickspittle battalion of principals.” Holmes says she has no intention of stepping down.

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