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Idaho’s school reopening framework asked local health districts to analyze community transmission levels and assign a risk category, ranging from 1 to 3.


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Yale School of Public Health researchers created a simulation: a hypothetical campus of 5,000 students where 10 are asymptomatic carriers of COVID-19. They found the safest way to reopen a campus like that was to enforce strict guidelines like distancing and mask-wearing. But that wasn't enough.

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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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Ben Borkowski just graduated from Sage International School of Boise this spring. He’ll start his college classes at the University of Idaho in Moscow this August. 

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Since the killing of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis in May, organizations, businesses and higher education institutions have released statements in support of Black lives. But at universities which are predominantly white, a growing number of people say they’re disappointed by the lack of tangible change to policy and programs. 


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The Idaho High School Athletic Association recommends that athletes wear face-masks when possible this fall, but says plastic-face shields shouldn’t be allowed in competition.

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This interview originally aired live on June 15, 2020.

The recent police killings of Black people like George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and countless others have sparked a movement unlike any in recent memory, as calls to defund the police and dismantle white supremacy have moved into the mainstream. 

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Many public schools in Idaho are only five weeks away from the scheduled first day of school, but planning how to safely open school doors during the coronavirus pandemic is uncertain at best.


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Boise State University is cutting some of its sports programs as the school continues to deal with the financial fallout of COVID-19.

Concordia Law School To Close Permanently

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Concordia University School of Law, which planned to reopen this fall as an affiliate of Concordia University St. Paul, has announced it will instead shut down.

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Advocates of an initiative to increase education funding in the state are having their day in court this afternoon. The group, called Reclaim Idaho, is responsible for the successful push to expand Medicaid in 2018. But when they turned their attention to education funding, they had no idea that a disease called COVID-19 would be a thing in 2020. 

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The Idaho Supreme Court has sided with the Legislature and the State Board of Education in a budget tug-of-war with state superintendent Sherri Ybarra.

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The recent police killings of Black people like George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and countless others have sparked a movement unlike any in recent memory, as calls to defund the police and dismantle white supremacy have moved into the mainstream. 

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After nearly 90 minutes of constitutional arguments and pointed questions, a turf war between state superintendent Sherri Ybarra, the Legislature and the State Board of Education is now in the Idaho Supreme Court's hands.

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Idaho’s higher education community has been rocked by the pandemic. In the middle of the semester, classes moved to distance learning and students and professors alike were forced to get used to a “new normal.” 

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So many children in Idaho deal with food insecurity on a daily basis. During a regular school year, kids often have access to food through their schools. But what about summer weekends, during a pandemic?

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The dairy industry is big business in Idaho, and is one of the strongest sectors of our agriculture economy. But what does the future of dairy farming look like in the state?

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Most high schools in the state are celebrating graduates with some form of a physically distanced ceremony. 

Boise High School hosted its event last week.


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Every year, Idaho high school students participate in Law Day, an event to help students better understand the law and our legal system. This year’s event had a special project: a podcast contest for high school students. 

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Communications major Lola Perez was one of nearly 2,800 seniors who graduated this Saturday virtually. She capped off her senior year in Boise with champagne and local pastries, while family cheered her on from Kauai, Hawaii.


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With in-person graduation ceremonies cancelled, finance major Kaleb Smith had low expectations for the end of his senior year. But now, on the eve of Boise State’s online ceremony, Smith says he’s looking forward to it. 


“It's still graduation day, right? And I didn't really expect to feel as excited as I do,” said Smith. 

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Boise State University will put on its first ever virtual graduation tomorrow. Although students will miss out on a typical rite of passage, they’re still doing what they can to celebrate their achievements and prepare for their future. Our Morning Edition host George Prentice spoke with three of the grads — Austin Lamb of Fargo, North Dakota; Daniele Moro of Avezzano, Italy; and Emily Pape of Boise, Idaho — and shares their story. 

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When college classes moved online almost two months ago, students were nervous about how they’d be able to learn with this new format. But their professors were also struggling with the same thought: how to effectively teach their students remotely. 

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Students across Idaho are now doing school at home. But many are having to balance school work with their agricultural jobs to make money for their families