State Policy

Parent panel dives into recommendations for state microgrant program

And questions linger after a representative from Odyssey, the contracted company charged with running Empowering Parents’ online platform, met with the panel Thursday.

Costs stemming from U of I homicides exceed $1.2 million

The university will tap into budget reserves to cover additional costs.

Empowering Parents panel discusses program eligibility and limitations

Sen. Lori Den Hartog gave a synopsis of the program’s original intent, and the group addressed private school tuition, homeschool co-op fees and public school fees.

In depth: Are their travels essential, or extravagant?

Idaho’s four college and university presidents spent about $150,000 traveling, over a 12-month span. The head of the State Board of Education defended the practice. A key legislator is skeptical.

Lawyering up: U of I racks up nearly $200,000 in unexplained legal bills

The invoices are heavily redacted. But it appears that much of Hawley Troxell’s work stems from the U of I’s controversial bid to buy the University of Phoenix.

Document pokes a hole in U of I’s Phoenix timeline

The University of Idaho has said it began looking at a University of Phoenix purchase in March, when the for-profit online giant “approached” U of I officials. But that timetable is inaccurate and incomplete.

Analysis: What we know about the Phoenix sweepstakes, despite the U of I’s silence

The University of Idaho wasn’t the only bidder for the University of Phoenix, a for-profit online giant. That is clear. The rest of the story is more complicated.

Who’s on Critchfield’s school funding committee?

The committee that could help rewrite Idaho’s school funding formula includes a dozen legislators, several prominent education lobbyists and three district superintendents.

State Board wants a judge to toss Labrador lawsuit

The July 18 court motion continues a legal battle between the elected head of the state’s law firm and a powerful education policymaking body made up largely of gubernatorial appointments.

When did Idaho drop its American Library Association membership — and why?

The decision came only a few months ago — and appeared to have little to do with politics.