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Statehouse roundup, 2.22.24: Senate kills library bill

Heather Efaw Future Public School Milken Award

Charter principal receives prestigious award

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Analysis: This year’s unpredictable Launch debate begins Friday

Legislative budget-writers will meet Friday, and probably give Gov. Brad Little his $70.8 million funding request for Idaho Launch. The next moves are harder to read.

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As immunization numbers drop, school officials warily watch the Legislature

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Idaho Falls assistant principal wins $25,000 Milken Educator Award

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Statehouse roundup, 2.21.24: Constitutional amendment would lower school bond threshold

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Rajbhandari arrested during protest at Biden campaign headquarters

House Democratic leader will not seek re-election

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FAFSA deadline rolled back to March 31

Episode 95: Previewing a pivotal legislative session

The 2024 legislative session opens Monday, with a cornucopia of education topics on the plate.

Will state leaders address Idaho’s school facilities backlog? How will the school choice debate shake out? Will legislators wade into the wonky but important debate about enrollment- or attendance-based school funding?

And what’s the other big education issue legislators should be talking about?

To get the answers, Kevin Richert and Ryan Suppe interview Quinn Perry of the Idaho School Boards Association and Matt Compton of the Idaho Education Association.

On May 17, the University of Idaho abruptly announced its plan to acquire the University of Phoenix, sending shockwaves through the state’s education and political circles.

At $685 million, it could be the largest and most polarizing transaction in Idaho higher education history. The U of I insists the deal will be a moneymaker. But Phoenix, a for-profit online giant with an enrollment of 85,000 students, is saddled with a checkered history and a tarnished reputation.

Idaho Education News’ Kevin Richert has closely followed this story for months, breaking news and fighting for the public’s right to know.

See the highlights of his coverage »