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Low-performing online school posts unprecedented enrollment growth, again.
Jan 14, 9:52 AM: Despite the unorthodox arrangement and low student performance, district leaders insist the program benefits a chunk of Idaho’s home schoolers by providing them with learning resources they wouldn’t otherwise have. >
State of the State: Little prioritizes teacher pay raises in a tight budget year
Jan 7, 6:58 AM: In a tight budget year, Gov. Brad Little used his State of the State address Monday to prioritize raises for veteran teachers and other K-12 investments.
BSU is Tracking Student Achievement at Several Idaho Charters
Dec 12, 8:36 AM: Idaho’s largest university is tracking student achievement at nearly a dozen Idaho charter schools in order to evaluate the impact of millions of federal grant dollars.
Non-traditional teaching program focuses on rigor, flexibility to fill labor shortage
Dec 9, 8:39 AM: Kayla Gardner is in her second year as a special education teacher at Kimberly Elementary. While she has a degree in childhood development and worked for 10 years as a child life specialist, the transition to a career in >
Public Charter School Commission director announces resignation
Dec 6, 8:11 AM: Idaho Public Charter School Commission Director Tamara Baysinger will resign at the end of the month.
Charters see big enrollment growth amid pockets of steep decline
Dec 4, 8:02 AM: Public charter schools accounted for nearly half of Idaho’s overall enrollment growth from last fall, yet several appear to be reeling from decreased funding after posting some of the state’s steepest enrollment >
School Boards Association drops proposal to limit charter schools
Nov 11, 6:45 AM: Hundreds of trustees from around the state set lobbying priorities for the Idaho School Boards Association Friday, wrapping up their three-day annual conference. Association members voted to make 11 resolutions a priority, >
Opinion: Idaho students need diversity and inclusion programs
Oct 25, 5:04 AM: Over the summer, state Rep. Barabra Ehardt, R-Idaho Falls, and 27 House Republicans wrote a letter to Idaho’s universities asking them to eliminate diversity and inclusion programs. The letter states, “This drive to create >
Opinion: Rural teachers need debt relief
Oct 24, 8:39 AM: On a salary of around $40,000 a year, Idaho’s educators are often working two or three jobs just to make loan payments on time. It’s no surprise that teachers leave Idaho for better opportunities in other states. >
Boise's oldest charter school ready to make a move
Oct 22, 6:27 AM: The Boise School District’s 20-year oversight of Anser Charter School is coming to an end amid concerns over diversity and the small charter’s plans for transformation.
White Pine teaches legislators about charter schools
Oct 15, 6:14 AM: Fifty state legislators came through White Pine Charter School Monday morning to see some of the things being taught by the school’s STEM program.
Expanding opportunities on the horizon for rural Idaho charter schools
Oct 10, 6:58 AM: With school choice being a hot-button topic in recent times, it has many in Idaho wondering if it’s possible for alternatives to traditional public schools to come to the more rural areas of the Gem State. >
Pocatello Community Charter School celebrates 20 years with Portneuf float
Sep 26, 6:34 AM: The staff at Pocatello Community Charter School has always regarded the Portneuf River as a natural classroom for teaching lessons in water quality, aquatic life and ecology.
Jerome charter school superintendent files $500,000 defamation claim against state
Sep 25, 7:02 AM: Heritage Academy’s Christine Ivie is pursuing legal action against the state’s Public Charter School Commission for “defamation, negligence, intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligent infliction of emotional >
Treasure Valley charter school look to recruit Latino students
Sep 13, 7:21 AM: Anthony Haskett wants his charter school to be representative of all communities in the Treasure Valley, so he’s starting early — even before breaking ground on the school — to recruit Latino students and educate their >
Reclaim Idaho launches education funding initiative
Sep 5, 6:32 AM: Reclaim Idaho has filed paperwork for a voter initiative that would boost corporate and high-end individual income tax rates, and put more than $170 million a year into K-12.
Editorial: White Pine board must restore its legitimacy
Sep 3, 6:25 AM: White Pine Charter School is a high-performing school full of excellent students and teachers. It has recently established the only high school in the city specializing in the fields of science, technology, engineering and >
Charter commission seeks to weather the storm after a summer of controversy (CER in the news)
Aug 30, 8:35 AM: As Idaho’s charter school sector grows, reaching an enrollment of 25,000 students, the commission has become a polarizing force. Some charter leaders still defend the commission, despite recent missteps. Reed has been >
Charter school shows academic improvement as advocates point to bias
Aug 23, 5:57 AM: The embattled charter school that was criticized by state leaders for poor academic performance saw significant growth this year on its standardized test scores.
98 percent of Idaho teachers earn top marks on evaluations
Aug 6, 7:32 AM: More than 98 percent of Idaho teachers earned one of the top two overall scores on their evaluations during the 2018-19 school year.



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