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Yesterday, one of Idaho’s biggest school districts returned to the virtual classroom after the holiday break. The Boise School District is home to nearly 25,000 students and about 4,500 employees. 

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Idaho has been awarded a $6 million grant per year for the next three years to help support early learning and school readiness.

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Everything is based in stories. We want to be understood in our most human level, and storytelling is the easiest way to do that. When I create spaces for myself to be a storyteller, it's not so much about me. It's about making sure that folks around me also in that space know that they are storytellers. My name is The Storyteller, but everybody is capable of storytelling.

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One of the big issues for students when it comes to distance learning is not having adequate WiFi. A Boise-based tech company, MetaGeek, is offering anyone who’s involved with remote learning free home WiFi help. That means if you’re a teacher or a student, you’ll have free help in making sure your WiFi is stable.

Five parents who sued the West Ada School District’s teachers’ union over last month’s sickout protest have agreed to dismiss the issue in court.

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This interview originally aired Oct. 15, 2020.

When the pandemic hit in March, businesses suffered. And all those people who were going to start new jobs or internships were suddenly left hanging. But Boise State’s College of Business and Economics saw an opportunity. They’re matching students with local nonprofits and small businesses for internships supported by some generous grant funding. 

Now, students left without work are getting real world experience, and local organizations typically unable to pay interns are getting that much needed support. 

Breanne Lobenberg is a student interning at the Red Cross of Idaho and Montana and joins Idaho Matters live with Laura Chiuppi, the Director of Career Services for the College of Business and Economics at Boise State. 

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The Boise School District board met with local health professionals last night to discuss the spread of COVID-19 in schools, as cases surge statewide.


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Idaho’s largest school district has cancelled classes for a second day after teachers called out sick again, demanding better safety measures during the pandemic.

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With the COVID-19 pandemic disrupting the educational system, many teachers, parents and school administrators are grappling with how to best educate students and keep them safe from COVID-19. RISE, the Treasure Valley’s education partnership, will hold a symposium Friday that will focus on the impact the pandemic is having on public education and what we can do to help Idaho’s youth. 

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The West Ada School Board, which covers Meridian, ran into some turmoil this week. Four things happened: Central District Health put Ada County schools in the high risk category for COVID-19, the head of the board suddenly resigned, the board decided not to switch to online learning and Meridian teachers decided to hold a sick-out on Monday. 

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Idaho schools are still not fully in-person. To engage students in other ways, some Boise organizations have modified their extracurricular activities, so that young people can continue learning outside the classroom.

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Central District Health moved Boise and West Ada school districts to the highest risk category for COVID-19 spread on Tuesday. Because of that, both districts held special meetings Thursday to discuss learning plans going forward. 


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Boise State University has announced its plan to furlough faculty members over the next few months, despite projections that the state is on track for a record-breaking budget surplus.

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Wednesday, high school juniors and seniors across the state went into classrooms to take the SAT. But Boise resident Holly Paquette’s daughter was not one of them.


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College students across the country are facing growing food and housing insecurity problems. Many universities are responding to this crisis in a number of ways.

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Education programs with a focus on coding for kids are becoming more popular. Experts say learning this skill at a young age can set a child up for a lifetime of success; even if they don’t go into a computer science related field it will give them an edge in the modern work force.


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Public health officials are now recommending new restrictions for five school districts in southern and central Idaho where coronavirus cases are on the rise.

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As we move through an unprecedented school year, the thousands of high school seniors across Idaho still need to be planning for their future after graduation.

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During World War II, thousands of Japanese Americans were ordered by the U.S. government to be incarcerated in remote camps. The order, signed by President Franklin Roosevelt, was meant to prevent Japanese people on American soil from taking up arms and bringing the war inside the United States borders. Today, that period is recognized as one of the most shameful in American history.