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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

House education panel passes parental rights bill

Education Week – AP

Members of the Idaho House Education Committee have approved a bill that says parents have both a right and an obligation to participate in their child’s education.”(more)

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Idaho One of Five States to Receive a STEM Education Grant

The Idaho State Journal – Journal Staff

“One of only five states to receive, the Guided Pathways to Success (GPS) in STEM Careers grant has been awarded to Idaho, according to Complete College America officials.”(more)

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Idaho students are scared of science and math

The Idaho Statesman – Bill Roberts

“Recent University of Idaho research indicates that getting and holding the interest of students in STEM is a complicated, nuanced undertaking. It is influenced by teachers, school counselors, parents, gender, career perceptions and locale.”(more)

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Idahoans raise objections to Common Core standards

The Idaho Statesman – Bill Roberts

“The new education standards draw suspicion among those who say they don’t measure up to students’ needs.” (more)

Friday, June 14, 2013

Goldman Sachs to Finance Early Education Program

Dealbook – NY Times – William Alden

“Goldman Sachs is making its second foray into an experimental method of financing social services, lending up to $4.6 million for a childhood education program in Salt Lake City. This “social impact bond,” in which Goldman stands to make money if the program is successful but will lose its investment if it fails, will support a preschool program intended to reduce the need for special education and remedial services. The upshot, in theory, is that taxpayers will not have to bear the upfront cost of the program.”(more)

Monday, June 3, 2013

Our View: Common Core reform only common sense

The Idaho Statesman – Opinion

“So here is our standard for deciding to support Common Core/Idaho Core Standards: It promotes engaging students to exercise critical thinking with their accumulated knowledge.”(more)

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Common Core will reshape Idaho classrooms

The Idaho Statesman – Bill Roberts

“Critical thinking will be as important as getting the right answer under new education standards.”(more)

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Class sizes, salaries concern teachers

The Deseret News – Todd Dvorak

“A new survey commissioned by Idaho lawmakers finds that teachers and administrators in districts across the state have deep concerns about class sizes, salaries and negative public perceptions about teachers and their efforts in the classroom.”(more)

Monday, January 7, 2013

Boise State literacy program educates, inspires, expands

The Idaho Statesman – Anna Webb

“A visit to Boise State University’s literacy academy for elementary students banishes anyone’s old-school ideas about what might go on in such a program.”(more)

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Pilot effort aims to help Idaho students escape ‘cradle to prison pipeline’

The Idaho Statesman – Dan Popkey

“Health & Welfare Director Dick Armstrong used $30,000 in federal bonus money to fund two small pilot programs at schools in the Vallivue and Boise districts. School officials asked that their schools not be named for privacy reasons.”(more)