Kevin’s blog

A closer look at Nampa’s latest shakeup

Thomas Michaelson resigned abruptly Tuesday night — after a turbulent six months at the helm at the Nampa School District, and after the school board took no action on one of his big budget-cutting proposals.

In Salmon, a ninth shot at a school bond

Voters in Salmon have said no to bond issues eight times — most recently in March. If they say no again, will the state step in and press the issue?

Nampa spells out plans for teaching cuts

Looking to cut $2 million from a $5.1 million deficit, the Nampa School District is looking to cut more than 40 teaching positions. The deepest cuts would come in elementary school counseling, music and physical education.

Common Core constitutional questions (UPDATED)

The 10th Amendment gives the federal government little say over school curriculum, Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna told Kootenai County Republicans Thursday. A local school trustee was skeptical.

School elections: a reading roundup

Another round of school elections is less than two weeks. If you’re looking to get caught up, here’s a place to start.

Nampa high school pilots security badges

The security system — modeled after badges in use in mental health hospitals — allows staffers to send out alerts to colleagues, or call 911.

College readiness: a long view from Boise

What does it take to encourage students to attend college — and prepare them for postsecondary education? One ingredient, says Boise superintendent Don Coberly, is a patient commitment to a process.

Troubled Eagle charter school submits financial plan

The North Star Charter School says it has secured $133,000 to stay afloat, the Idaho Statesman reports. The school also wants the Meridian School Board to sign off on a loan restructuring plan.

Grad season story ideas? Pass them on

It’s graduation season across the state. And at Idaho Education News, we’re looking for a few good story ideas.

Labrador’s Common Core cone of silence

Where does Raul Labrador — Idaho’s 1st District congressman and possible gubernatorial candidate — stand on the Common Core controversy? Idaho Education News asked. A week ago.