State Policy

More than 70 rural schools receive arts grants

The grants, ranging from $1,945 to $15,000, will support fine arts, performing arts and design courses.

What’s in a name — or names — at the U of I?

The State Board of Education rebrands the nonprofit at the heart of the U of I-University of Phoenix megadeal, and approves naming rights for the Kibbie Dome.

Lawmakers grill Green on U of I-Phoenix purchase

Legislative budget-writers raised serious questions about the U of I’s closed-door negotiations with the University of Phoenix — and the potential financial risks from the $685 million megadeal.

Analysis: Empowering Parents problems catch Little off-guard, inexplicably

At a pivotal point, Gov. Brad Little’s pet education microgrant program has problems. And the problems have been more or less lurking in plain sight.

Little requests audit of possible improper purchases with tax dollars

Empowering Parents grant money might have covered thousands of questionable purchases — such as TVs, smart watches, clothes and cleaning supplies. And the governor isn’t hiding his displeasure.

Analysis: An obscure group will pick Idaho’s in-demand careers, and nobody’s watching

The Workforce Development Council will shape Idaho Launch, an ambitious and complicated effort to provide up to $8,000 in incentives to high school graduates, starting next year.

Grant applications are now live. Here’s what you need to know

The funds will be distributed as early as July.

Democratic fundraisers seek to capitalize on K-12 spending

In a pair of emails, Democrats are accusing Gov. Brad Little and Statehouse Republicans of abandoning their promise to boost K-12 spending.

First parent advisory council meeting sheds light on state microgrant program

Panelists will spend the next four months seeking feedback from parents around the state.

Reclaim Idaho: Little is reneging on K-12 funding commitment

A citizens group says K-12 is facing a $115 million budget cut. But the cut might not materialize. The money remains on the table.