Idaho Matters speaks with state senator Grant Burgoyne (D-Boise) and retired educator Jean Heinscheid about pending legislation that would make secondary education more obtainable for Idahoans.


Concordia Law School in Boise has been trying to procure full accreditation from the American Bar Association since it opened in 2012. Last week, the school received full accreditation, allowing law students to graduate with a full JD and qualify to take the Bar exam in most states. Concordia Law Dean Elena Langan joins Idaho Matters to talk about training the lawyers of tomorrow.

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The CapEd Read to Rise program encourages kids to read through a school competition with a unique prize and the credit union's Annual Movie Trailer Contest has high schoolers producing their own film trailers. We speak with Todd Christiansen, CapEd's Senior Vice President of Marketing & Business Development, about the programs.


The J.A. and Kathryn Albertsons Foundation recently commissioned a study of youth and education in Idaho. We talk about the results of the 'Idaho At Risk' report and look at the correlations between educational policy today and the state's economy of tomorrow.

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Boise State University and CapEd Credit Union have partnered to provide a program to allow adults who are still carrying college credits to apply them to a degree program. The Passport to Education program creates a pathway for adults to finish their degrees while accommodating a busy schedule.

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It’s a final four of sorts, but it has nothing to do with basketball.

Idaho and Wyoming are now among only four states that do not fund preschool, according to a new report from the Education Commission of the States.



An education budget was approved by the Idaho legislature on Monday. It calls for a 6.1% increase over last year — just short of state school superintendent Sherri Ybarra's request. We talk with Kevin Richert of Idaho Education News about the budget and the state's new funding formula for schools.

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In recent years, Idaho education leaders have focused much of their attention on getting more students to graduate college. But how has the once-named “Go On” campaign been working?

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Boise State has been without a permanent leader since July of last year. That’s when former university President Bob Kustra retired, after 15 years leading the institution.


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Every February 4, people around the world show awareness and support for the fight against cancer on World Cancer Day. We'll find out how that fight is going in Idaho.

'Early Learning Day' Focuses On Education And Fun

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Wednesday is Early Learning Day, which will highlight the value of learning through play. We'll hear about BLOCK Fest at the Capitol Rotunda and how learning should be fun.

High school students can jump start their secondary education by individualizing courses of study to include college credits, technical competency credits and accelerate advanced placement through the state's Advanced Opportunities program. We learn how Idaho students can fast track their higher education using this program.

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Leaders from Idaho colleges and universities will meet Tuesday at Boise State.


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Educators have been aware of the importance of teaching STEM content for years, and for just as long kids have used Lego bricks to stretch their imaginations. It didn't take long for STEM and Lego to connect and today there are numerous science contests based on Lego designs. On Monday's Idaho Matters, we talk about using Lego to promote STEM education in the region.

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Hewlett-Packard is committing to funding a study looking at the state of Idaho's educational system. Industry leaders are looking to use the results to help forecast the economic future of the state and Idaho Matters speaks with Kevin Richert of Idaho Education News about the initiative.