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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.

Kevin Richert

Otter discusses his future — sort of

Butch Otter said he won’t be “pushed into a calendar.” But on Friday, he sounded like a governor with every intention of trying to stay there.

College scholarship makeover heads to House

Idaho’s plan to award fewer — but more lucrative — college scholarships gets unanimous backing in the Senate.

Pocatello allows SROs to carry rifles

The Pocatello School District will allow SROs to bring semiautomatic rifles into schools — but draws the line on allowing teachers to carry firearms.

Kevin Richert

Drone research: a boon for higher ed?

The state Senate wants the Department of Commerce to seek unmanned drone research in Idaho — working with universities and the College of Western Idaho on the proposal.

Staying after school with the ed committees

It won’t be the evening session some people asked for — but will a late afternoon “listening session” give Idaho teachers and school officials better face time with lawmakers?

Kevin Richert

ISBA and IEA: Digging in for battle?

Education groups are continuing to haggle over a series of controversial collective bargaining bills — but both sides are also looking for backup from their membership.

The governor’s race rumor-o-rama

The GOP primary is only 15 months away. What better time for the political rumor mill to start heating up?

Kevin Richert

INL contractor awards school STEM grants

INL contractor Battelle Energy Alliance says the $10,000 Extreme Classroom Makeover Grants are designed to encourage Idaho students to pursue high-tech careers.

Meridian, Boise split on ISBA bills

Idaho’s two largest school districts are split on elements of the seven collective-bargaining related bills supported by the Idaho School Boards Association.