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Kevin Richert

College costs: running some numbers

The conventional wisdom holds that higher education in Idaho remains a bargain. Does the theory hold up? A new website allows students and parents to judge for themselves.

Senators: Use $34 million for one-time needs

How should Idaho spend the $33.9 million that has been earmarked for education reform? Very cautiously, say members of the Senate Education Committee.

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Ex-convict expulsion bill on hold (UPDATED)

Hours before a scheduled committee hearing, Sen. Lee Heider, R-Twin Falls, pulled back on his idea to make public schools off-limits to violent offenders.

Catching up at the Statehouse, 2.13.13

The 2013 legislative session is picking up. Here’s the latest on two education items: an early graduation program and the cursive writing proposal.

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Did Democrats boycott lunch with ISBA?

Sen. Branden Durst says fellow Senate Democrats made the move to protest a series of labor bills. But Senate Minority Leader Michelle Stennett says it was not a caucus decision.

IEA: Administrators ‘dominated’ listening session

About 100 educators showed up for Monday’s hearing before the Legislature’s education committees, according to the Idaho Education Association.

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Listening session: Politicos, public get an earful

What did educators and superintendents say Monday about Idaho schools? Not surprisingly, much of the testimony came back to money.

Expulsion bill: an alternative school’s take

If the Legislature makes public schools off-limits to convicted violent criminals, what will become of these students? The principal of an alternative high school has her reservations.

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If the 2013 session seems slow …

One reason why things are moving slow this year might be because there are so many freshman lawmakers.

Prisons agency ‘concerned’ about expulsion bill

The bill is designed to keep ex-convicts from returning to public schools. Idaho’s Correction Department is concerned that this would apply to conventional and alternative schools alike.