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Wednesday, The Idaho High School Activities Association reaffirmed a previous decision to open the high school sports season statewide August 10. Treasure Valley Schools have decided to delay that one week, with games unlikely before September 8.


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School Boards of Trustees for Boise and West Ada districts met Tuesday, deciding when and how to reopen schools to students this fall.

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Boise School District’s Board of Trustees postponed an emergency meeting Monday night to decide whether students would physically return to the classroom in just a few weeks.

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After initially planning to re-open Boise schools for in-person instruction, the district’s board of trustees will now consider a virtual start to the year for students.

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The Boise Independent School District has yet to officially decide whether in-peson instruction will be possible when a new school year begins on Monday, August 17.  That said, officials will need to be nimble when (and if) school doors swing back open.

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With every passing day, the likelihood grows that Idaho K-12 schools won’t reopen this academic year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, school officials across the Gem State are moving at lightning speed to roll out an unprecedented level of at-home online instruction.

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A couple of Boise elementary schools have been piloting a pre-K program since 2015. Four years later, the program is expanding. In fact, twice as many Boise schools are now offering pre-K.

 

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A new class action lawsuit was filed last week challenging the way some Idaho school districts charge parents fees for sending their children to all-day kindergarten. Currently, the state only provides funding for half-day kindergarten. Some school districts including West Ada and Boise offer all-day, but charge parents fees to defray the cost.

 

We talk with Idaho Falls attorney Jason Wood, one of the plaintiffs in the case. He says the fees violate Idaho's constitution and discriminate against students in poverty. 

 

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The Nampa School District recently announced they will provided tuition-free, full day, five-day kindergarten for residents of that district. Idaho Matters talks with the Boise district about upcoming kindergarten expansion plans and the Association for the Education of Young People about the role kindergarten plays in early childhood development and families economies.

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An internationally-recognized environmental health expert says the Boise School District is taking the right first steps to purge lead from school water sources – but that more needs to be done to protect the health of students and staff.

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The leader of Idaho’s second largest school district  is retiring. Don Coberly started his career in the Boise school district more than 30 years ago. Wednesday, he announced he’ll retire at the end of the 2018-2019 school year in May.


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Elevated levels of lead found in a Boise school in October led to further testing throughout the district. Nearly one in six samples tested positive for unacceptable lead levels in 26 area schools. We'll look at lead levels in school drinking water on Monday's Idaho Matters.

On The Monday, December 3, 2018 Edition Of Idaho Matters

Nov 30, 2018

  • Emergency room doctor responds to gun violence.
  • Idaho schools see increased lead levels in drinking water.

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After detecting lead in water at one Boise school last month, district officials ordered a widespread test of all schools that could also be contaminated. About one in six samples tested above federal guidelines for lead found in drinking water across 26 active schools built before 1986 – the year Congress outlawed lead pipes in new construction nationwide.

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After discussing future plans for Boise’s Highlands Elementary for more than a year, the Boise School District decided to tear down the 1961 campus and start from scratch.

Several criteria were evaluated before making the call to tear down the old campus nestled in north Boise, including educational impact and safety and budgetary constraints.

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Boise School District students will start classes earlier next fall – though not as early as they might have.

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Jaeden Forrey took on an unusual school assignment.

“This is my 1970 Monte Carlo," says Forrey. "I got it – not this last Christmas but the Christmas before. And I got it [when it] had no paint, no engine, no transmission, no interior. So I did all the body work, I did all the engine work and interior work on it.”

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Betsy DeVos was confirmed Tuesday to be the Secretary of Education by the U.S. Senate. The newest cabinet member is a billionaire donor to conservative causes. In Michigan, DeVos was a proponent of vouchers for school choice, allowing students to use taxpayer dollars to fund tuition at private, for-profit and religious schools.

Nancy Gregory, Board Chair of the Boise School District, says she was “disheartened at the confirmation.”

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The Boise School Board and the district’s superintendent have come out with some sharp criticism of the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation. The rebuke comes in the form of an op-ed related to how the foundation portrays Idaho schools. 

At the center of the controversy is a TV commercial from the Albertson Foundation’s “Don’t Fail Idaho” campaign. In it, a school bus with five teenagers stops in the middle of nowhere. Four get off and the bus drives away. Then a voice says...

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Treasure Valley school districts faced with a shortage of special education teachers are turning to alternative routes of certification as they struggle to fill positions.

The Idaho Statesman reports that the shortage has hit West Ada School District, the state's largest district, and Boise School District, one of Idaho's highest-paying districts. Council, a logging town near Boise with only 240 students, has also struggled to find special education teachers.

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The lawsuit announced Thursday against the Boise School District and the Boise Education Association is as much about opposing perspectives on unions as about the constitutional issues it broaches directly.