Education

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Boise State University President Marlene Tromp has made rural outreach to students a priority in her short time in office. Now, the university will offer a special scholarship for rural Idaho students.

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Sex education in public schools is often a controversial topic. Questions of what to teach, how to teach it, and when to teach it are sensitive subjects for many parents.

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About two weeks ago, Concordia University Portland announced it would be closing after 115 years leaving the future of Concordia Law School in Boise uncertain.

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Graduate students spend years researching and writing about one single topic. They leave university with knowledge and information many people will never understand. And that’s a problem — a problem an unusual competition seeks to solve.

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When it comes to improving student performance and outcomes, there are many factors that education experts look to. Things like class size, socio-economics, school safety, and one’s home life to name a few. 

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Research shows reading builds empathy, improves memory and refines critical thinking.

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Nation states, ideas of rights and power, and Shay’s Rebellion are subjects that may have left many of our minds after high school. But these topics are critical to understanding the history of our country and the constitution that supports it. 

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Idaho is getting an almost $3.5 million federal grant to improve early childhood education. The Preschool Development Grant gives the Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children the ability to look at existing programs, measure effectiveness and find room for improvement. Executive Director of Idaho’s AEYC Beth Oppenheimer tells Idaho Matters more on what we can expect from the grant. 

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The cost of college education keeps going up. Idaho tries to mitigate that cost with a state-sponsored 529 college savings program. It’s called IDeal and it has shifted over time to better help future students and their families save for higher education. IDeal’s executive director Christie Stoll joins Idaho Matters shares details on a new national campaign to help families start saving sooner.

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This interview orginally aired Dec. 9, 2019.   

Three Boise State students are helping the problem of food insecurity and waste with a modern solution: they built an app. Bronco BEAM gives alerts to users whenever there is extra food from events around campus -- food that otherwise would be thrown away. Idaho Matters speaks with the three developers to find out why they decided to create the app.

As we reflect on 2019, we're looking back at some of our best interviews, through challenging conversations and illuminating storytelling. This segment originally aired July 16, 2019.

Thanks for being a part of Idaho Matters this year! Have a question or story idea for 2020? Email us: idahomatters@boisestate.edu

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As we reflect on 2019, we're looking back at some of our best interviews, through challenging conversations and illuminating storytelling. This segment originally aired August 20, 2019.

Thanks for being a part of Idaho Matters this year! Have a question or story idea for 2020? Email us: idahomatters@boisestate.edu

James Dawson / Boise State Public Radio

As we reflect on 2019, we're looking back at some of our best interviews, through challenging conversations and illuminating storytelling. This segment originally aired August 15, 2019. 

Thanks for being a part of Idaho Matters this year! Have a question or story idea for 2020? Email us: idahomatters@boisestate.edu

Idaho Ed News

The Idaho State Board of Education has targeted literacy proficiency as a metric that needs to improve throughout the Gem State. However, their efforts have failed to reach the targeted goals, with under half of all kindergarten and first graders and under two thirds of second and third graders reaching proficient levels. Kevin Richert of Idaho EdNews joins Idaho Matters to discuss his latest article.

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Presidents of each of Idaho’s public, four-year colleges and universities say there will be no tuition increases for in-state, undergraduate students next year.


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Three Boise State students are helping the problem of food insecurity and waste with a modern solution: they built an app. Bronco BEAM gives alerts to users whenever there is extra food from events around campus -- food that otherwise would be thrown away. Idaho Matters speaks with the three developers to find out why they decided to create the app.

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College tuition costs are rising around the country, leading to many suggestions about the issue of affordability. One group in Idaho are now backing a proposal of a tuition freeze, which would prevent schools from increasing the cost of schooling. Idaho EdNews reporter Kevin Richert explains how this issue is shaping up to be a debate going into the 2020 legislative session. 

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Brigham Young University-Idaho in Rexburg is apologizing and reversing a policy that would have barred students from using Medicaid to meet the school’s requirement for health coverage to enroll. Low-income students complained that they’d have to go into debt to buy health insurance that complied with school policy. Idaho Matters talks with Boise State Public Radio's James Dawson, who broke the initial story last week.

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After nearly two weeks of protest, Brigham Young University-Idaho is apologizing and reversing its decision that would’ve barred students from enrolling if Medicaid was their only form of health insurance.

22-year-old Kaydee Edralin is a few credits shy of graduating from college. She’s been saving money by living with her parents in Meridian while she waits to go back to Brigham Young University-Idaho in Rexburg.


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Idaho has had a notoriously tough time getting its high school students to continue their education. But the Idaho State Board of Education is hoping that its new online tools can help propel students towards new educational paths. We talk with officials to learn more about the latest effort to get students into college.

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Brigham Young University-Idaho, the state’s largest private university, no longer counts Medicaid as an acceptable form of health insurance for full-time students who are required to have coverage while enrolled.

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Every year, Idaho Philanthropy Day honors companies, nonprofits and individuals for their philanthropic efforts. There is also a category for youth engagement. Idaho Matters talks with three extraordinary young people who have done a lot to support nonprofit work, all while keeping up with their studies. 

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The number of Latino students in Idaho schools has almost doubled in the past two decades, making up 18 percent of the population in public school enrollment. But, that same population is consistently falling behind state averages. We talk with two reporters who are investigating the significant achievement gap between white and Latino students, and what they might learn when it comes to solutions. 

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State rankings are out for 2019 ACT test scores. For the Mountain West, it’s a mixed bag.

 

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