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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. 

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Several University of Idaho Greek houses are under quarantine after coronavirus hotspots were detected among fraternities and sororities.

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Boise State University President Marlene Tromp has had a challenging first year in her position. From managing state budget cuts pre-COVID to leading the university through the academic and public health challenges of 2020, we wanted to hear more about how she’s navigating through crisis — while making tough decisions about layoffs and furloughs.

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BYU-Idaho sent a campus-wide email on Friday, urging students to follow coronavirus guidelines and mask requirements. The school also warned it could close down campus if infections don’t drop. As of Sunday, 56 students and 11 employees were infected.


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Data show that Idaho ranks ahead of most of the U.S. when it comes to children experiencing two or more adverse childhood experiences. Experiencing or being exposed to things like physical or verbal abuse, neglect and mental illness can create real challenges for kids as they grow into adulthood. In southwest Idaho we know there are children right here in our community who are hurting, and they need to know there is hope.


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As Meridian's population swelled in recent years, that’s created some challenges for what is now the largest school district in the state: the West Ada School District. Schools are overflowing with students while the district looks to taxpayer funded bonds and levies for support. 


Boise parents, educators and the Boise School District’s youngest students will resume in-person instruction next week. George Prentice reports.

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Boise State University President Marlene Tromp is announcing the school will lay off some portion of its workforce after the coronavirus pandemic punched holes into its budget.

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After being closed for months due to the pandemic, the Discovery Center of Idaho is back open, and museum leaders say their featured King Tut exhibit is a must see.