State Policy

The Launch final tally: 9,180 grads will receive grants

Close to half of the state’s 21,000 graduating seniors will receive a share of the $70.8 million in Launch money. 

Money crunch: Thousands of families miss out on state grants

Nearly 29,000 students received a share of the microgrants. However, the state received more than 37,000 eligible applications.

Some Idaho libraries put restrictions on who can challenge books

“This has been our policy, and we’re not opening it up to someone who’s not a taxpaying member of our jurisdiction.”

Labrador appeals injunction on transgender athlete ban to U.S. Supreme Court

A district court judge and a circuit court panel blocked the state from enforcing its restrictions on transgender athletes.

Libraries, pronouns, open enrollment: These new education policies are now in effect

School districts face penalties for “harmful” library content, pronoun policies and failing to follow open enrollment law.

Democrats plan statewide rallies to protest new library law

“The library book bounty, passed by Republican politicians, is a direct attack on our freedom to make decisions for ourselves and our families,” state Democratic Chairwoman Lauren Necochea said.

Analysis: Party platforms carve out a deep divide on education issues

The 2025 Legislature’s education debates could be more politicized than ever.

State Board to consider extension in U of I-Phoenix negotiations

The extension could net the University of Idaho an immediate, $5 million fee. But it would allow the University of Phoenix’s owner to talk to other would-be buyers.

UPDATED: The third-party PACs: Where they spent, and how they fared

Third-party groups spent roughly $2 million in May’s Republican legislative primaries — but all the money had, at most, a hit-and-miss impact at the polls.

Counselors hit the road, hoping to boost grim FAFSA completion numbers

As of June 14, only 36% of Idaho high school seniors had filled out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The State Board of Education is sponsoring FAFSA Summer Office Hours events across Idaho in the coming weeks.