Every Idaho high school student and teacher will get an HP ProBook computer.

The state announced Tuesday that Hewlett Packard will supply the laptops required by the state’s Students Come First laws.

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Idaho’s Secretary of State has asked a judge to order an organization that is campaigning for Propositions 1, 2, and 3 to reveal its donors. Ben Ysursa went to Idaho’s Fouth District Court Monday seeking the order against Education Voters of Idaho.

Boise School District

The Boise School District has a beef with the Idaho School Boards Association.  At issue is the ISBA’s endorsement of Proposition 1 on Idaho’s November ballot. Prop 1 asks voters if they want to keep the law that restricts collective bargaining for teachers and eliminates long term contracts. Boise School Board president A. J. Balukoff says the ISBA president said in August the organization was split on the ballot referenda and would not take a position.

22,000 Students At Boise State Break Enrollment Record

Oct 22, 2012
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For the first time in its history, Boise State University has more than 20,000 students. Boise State reports fall enrollment stands at 22,678. The previous high enrollment was 19,993 set in 2010.

The jump comes, in part, from counting the more than 2,000 high school students in the concurrent enrollment program. The number includes more than 3,000 graduate students and 2,200 freshmen.

A group campaigning for Idaho’s Propositions 1, 2, and 3 refuses to divulge the names of individual donors. Lawyer Christ Troupis represents Education Voters of Idaho. Troupis delivered a letter Friday to Idaho’s Secretary of State saying his client did not have to accede to the secretary’s demand for names.

Props 1, 2, And 3: A Voter Guide To Idaho's Controversial Education Laws

Oct 19, 2012
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On November 6, voters will decide if Propositions 1, 2 and 3, Idaho’s controversial education laws, stay or go.

In 2011, the Idaho Legislature passed a package of three laws that made sweeping changes to the state’s education system.

The laws were introduced and championed by Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna and are known as Students Come First, though opponents call them the Luna Laws.

Ben Ysursa
Courtesy of Idaho Secretary of State's office

Friday is the deadline Idaho’s Secretary of State has given a nonprofit to reveal its donors. The group Education Voters of Idaho gave more than $200,000 to a second group to campaign for Idaho’s Students Come First education laws. Voters will decide if they want to repeal those through Propositions 1, 2, and 3 on the November ballot.

Idaho now has a waiver from the federal government to opt out of the No Child Left Behind education law. That means Idaho schools will be evaluated on the new five star system the state developed instead of the pass or fail one in place for the last decade.

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KBSX has been keeping close tabs on the media fight over Idaho’s propositions 1, 2, and 3. We told you Monday morning the campaign that wants voters to keep the state’s Students Come First education laws had launched a new ad that used an out of context quote.

Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

Idaho voters go to the polls in three weeks to select a president, congressional candidates and state legislators. They’ll also vote on whether to keep the state’s sweeping education overhaul known as Students Come First.

“I think this issue dwarfs everything else on the ballot. And this is one of very few in which the outcome is in doubt,” says James Weatherby, Boise State professor emeritus of political science. Monday Weatherby moderated a forum on Propositions 1, 2, and 3.

Polls Show Idaho Voters Leaning Against Education Laws

Oct 15, 2012
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Two new polls show Idaho voters leaning against the state’s Students Come First education laws. The Idaho Statesman and the Vote No On Props 1, 2 and 3 campaign each hired large polling firms to measure opinions on the three ballot referenda. Both show more people planning to vote no than yes. Ken Burgess runs the Vote Yes campaign and wants voters to keep the laws.

Campaign finance reports show the effort to repeal Idaho’s Students Come First education laws received more than a million dollars from the nation’s largest teachers union, the National Education Association. In response, the campaign to keep the laws in place is launching a new ad attacking the organization.

Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments last week on whether affirmative action in higher education should remain. The court has previously ruled to allow public universities to consider race as part of the admissions process. At universities in Idaho test scores and grade point averages are the main criteria used to admit students: race is not considered.

You've likely seen ads or signs encouraging you to vote no or yes on propositions 1, 2 and 3. Each proposition addresses an aspect of Idaho's education laws known as Students Come First. These laws limit collective bargaining, institute a pay for performance plan, and increase technology use in schools. Finance reports were due Wednesday for groups involved and show there's a lot of money being raised to support and fight the laws. 

Emilie Ritter-Saunders / StateImpact Idaho

For some the most important thing on Idaho’s November ballot is not a candidate but three referenda. They ask voters to keep or reject the state’s 2011 education laws known as Students Come First.

Tuesday, at Boise’s City Club, schools’ superintendent Tom Luna, the laws’ champion, had a fiery exchange with state Representative Brian Cronin, one of the most prominent critics.

An audience question at the forum revealed the political philosophy behind parts of Students Come First. Superintendent Luna was asked if the rift between him and the state’s teachers could be healed.