JFAC Chairman Idaho Rep. Wendy Horman (R, Idaho Falls) at the State Capitol building on January 11, 2023. (Otto Kitsinger for Idaho Capital Sun)

Did new school facilities funding lower property taxes? It depends

Legislature 2023 Senate House Final Days

Analysis: Another high-stakes Idaho election is off to a spendy start

Scott Bedke Whittier Elementary School

Bedke codes with kids for Computer Science Education Week

Idaho’s lieutenant governor visited Whittier Elementary as part of Hour of Code, an annual event meant to inspire students to learn programming. 


Commission releases names of finalists, but not their professional backgrounds

U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona

U.S. education secretary visits Boise schools to announce grant, discuss mental health

Garden Valley

Investigation: Garden Valley repeatedly violated federal special education law

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AG Bob Ferguson Washington

Attorneys general seek to block Idaho transgender bathroom law

ISU fall 2021

The final five: Idaho State presidential field narrows

Idaho Attorney General candidate Raul Labrador gives a speech at the Idaho GOP election night watch party at the Grove in Boise, Idaho on November 8, 2022. (Otto Kitsinger for Idaho Capital Sun)

State Board lawsuit takes another twist

Episode 19: Meeting Idaho’s 2024 Teacher of the Year, Trent Van Leuven

On this episode, Host Carly Flandro talks with Idaho’s 2024 teacher of the year, Trent Van Leuven. Trent is a career technical educator at Mackay Jr. Sr High. He tells EdNews about the unique lessons and projects he’s spearheaded with students, how Idaho’s in the “golden age” for CTE education, and his ideas for recruiting and retaining teachers in rural schools like his. 

Beyond Go-On

Most of Idaho’s high school graduates aren’t going to college — at least not immediately. They’re taking different paths, breaking stigmas and challenging the narrative that a four-year degree is the golden ticket to success. Our four-story series breaks down the data, and unveils what they are doing after high school — and why it isn’t college.

Favorite Teachers series

Who’s your favorite teacher? Nearly everyone has an answer to that question, because every year, and in every generation, teachers make a lifelong impact.

Somewhere in Idaho, even as you read this, an English teacher is helping a student feel valued when no one else can. A science teacher is stoking the curiosity of a future biologist. A choir teacher is encouraging a student to use their voice proudly, even when silence seems safer.

Our new, ongoing series will feature Idaho’s favorite teachers.

If you went to school in Idaho and have a teacher you’d like us to recognize, whether still in the classroom or retired, contact editor Jennifer Swindell, [email protected]. We’re looking forward to sharing your stories.

Daisy Rain Martin, Photograph, Courtesy Daisy Rain Martin

Refusing to bend, the Human Rights Educator of the Year will retire early