State Board of Education

Feds hand down equity-focused rules for coronavirus relief spending

The new rules are meant to prevent states from cutting funding in districts that are receiving a larger share of per-pupil funding from the feds, effectively zeroing out built-in equity measures.

New State Board president aims to draw Idaho’s leaders back into consensus over education priorities

“If we don’t have alignment with the Legislature on what’s important, and they don’t support it and fund it, we’re not going to get anything done,” said Kurt Liebich.

State Board approves extra COVID funds to help schools

Members also unanimously approved the contract for new BSU head football coach Andy Avalos.

Critchfield mum on rumored superintendent’s run

A candidate for the position welcomed her to the race Wednesday. She wouldn’t confirm or deny a run.

State Board takes up debate on simplifying student fees

The State Board also made a move toward changing the timeframe for high school students to take standardized tests, and removing the college entrance exam as a high school graduation requirement.

Analysis: The day the 60 percent goal almost died

For 11 years, Idaho has said it wants 60 percent of its young adults to hold a college degree or professional certificate. Now, it looks like the State Board of Education wants to scrap the goal.

For some charters, enrollment decreases pose an immediate budget challenge

By and large, charter school enrollment has grown during the pandemic. But some charter schools saw a sharp decrease in enrollment — and a hit on their budgets.

Teachers still waiting on master educator premium bonuses

A State Board of Education spokesman said the state hopes to complete the process within the next few weeks.

State Board takes first look at proposed new academic standards

The Legislature will get the final say on standards in just over a year, during the 2022 session.

State Board waives college entrance exam requirement for class of 2021

The State Board also approved new nursing and cybersecurity programs at Boise State University and Lewis-Clark State College.