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Governor Brad Little reads to children at Hawthorne Elementary school in Boise. (Sami Edge, Idaho Education News)

Fall reading scores show steady improvement — but 38,000 kids are still behind

Valley School District

Magic Valley superintendent receives buyout after disagreement with trustees

College of Western Idaho

Analysis: The State Board will have to settle a messy higher ed turf battle

Two of Idaho’s two-year schools want to offer four-year degrees — despite objections from Idaho’s four-year schools. Board members are about to pick sides.

University of Idaho

U of I demands $2,400 to review — and perhaps release — Phoenix public records

Scott Bedke Whittier Elementary School

Bedke codes with kids for Computer Science Education Week

JFAC Chairman Idaho Rep. Wendy Horman (R, Idaho Falls) at the State Capitol building on January 11, 2023. (Otto Kitsinger for Idaho Capital Sun)

Did new school facilities funding lower property taxes? It depends

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AG Bob Ferguson Washington

Attorneys general seek to block Idaho transgender bathroom law

ISU fall 2021

The final five: Idaho State presidential field narrows

Idaho Attorney General candidate Raul Labrador gives a speech at the Idaho GOP election night watch party at the Grove in Boise, Idaho on November 8, 2022. (Otto Kitsinger for Idaho Capital Sun)

State Board lawsuit takes another twist

Episode 94: Boise State’s capital campaign … and more

In October, Boise State University unveiled “Unbridled,” its most ambitious fundraising campaign to date.

Where would the $500 million go? And how does it fit into the big picture of Boise State’s budget?

This week, Kevin Richert interviews Boise State President Marlene Tromp; Matthew Ewing, Boise State’s vice president for university advancement; and Jeremiah Shinn, Boise State’s vice president for student affairs and enrollment management.

Kevin also asks Tromp about a recent BoiseDev article that raises new questions about Boise State’s approach to public records.


Beyond Go-On

Most of Idaho’s high school graduates aren’t going to college — at least not immediately. They’re taking different paths, breaking stigmas and challenging the narrative that a four-year degree is the golden ticket to success. Our four-story series breaks down the data, and unveils what they are doing after high school — and why it isn’t college.

Favorite Teachers series

Who’s your favorite teacher? Nearly everyone has an answer to that question, because every year, and in every generation, teachers make a lifelong impact.

Somewhere in Idaho, even as you read this, an English teacher is helping a student feel valued when no one else can. A science teacher is stoking the curiosity of a future biologist. A choir teacher is encouraging a student to use their voice proudly, even when silence seems safer.

Our new, ongoing series will feature Idaho’s favorite teachers.

If you went to school in Idaho and have a teacher you’d like us to recognize, whether still in the classroom or retired, contact editor Jennifer Swindell, [email protected]. We’re looking forward to sharing your stories.

Daisy Rain Martin, Photograph, Courtesy Daisy Rain Martin

Refusing to bend, the Human Rights Educator of the Year will retire early