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Matthew Fox-Amato teaches history at the University of Idaho. Oxford University Press has just published his book, called “Exposing Slavery: Photography, Human Bondage, and the Birth of Modern Visual Politics in America.” Idaho Matters takes a closer look.

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For many young adults, college is a time full of excitement and exploration. However, this time can also be challenging for students' mental health. For this reason it’s important to know the common warning signs of mental health issues and the resources that are available to students for help.

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Idaho Education News reports the latest Idaho SAT test scores have fallen backward for the second year in a row. We break down the numbers with Kevin Richert.

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IDeal, Idaho’s 529 College Savings Program, is putting on a month-long social media promotion in an effort to inspire a larger discussion around higher education and the many different reasons people decided to pursue it. Idaho’s leaders are taking part in this conversation and sharing their “light bulb” moment, the moment they decided to pursue higher education.

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One week after the Cassia County School Board voted to close Almo Elementary School, the community has rallied to keep it open.

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A group of young African leaders is at Boise State for more than a month of intensive training. This is the Mandela Washington Fellowship, where they take college courses and leadership training while networking at colleges around the country. We talk to a pair of fellows in the program about what they are learning.

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Thursday Idaho Business for Education and HP Inc. released the results of their statewide study on education and the economy.

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The Idaho Business For Education and HP Inc. have released the results of their “Statewide Study on Education and the Economy.” The study took in feedback from more than 1,800 Idaho teachers, businesses, politicians and school administrators. We hear from Rod Gramer of Idaho Business for Education, Gus Schmelden from HP Inc. and Marcela Escobari from the Brookings Institution.

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This Wednesday, the Boise State quad will host a Cultural Exchange Night featuring young leaders from more than 20 African countries.


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The Cassia County School Board voted 3-2 to close Almo Elementary school on Thursday night. The K-3 school is one of Idaho's smallest.

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Over 100 educators will meet in Boise Thursday for the Idaho Indian Education Summit. The goal of the two-day conference is to give educators skills to incorporate students' cultural backgrounds into the classroom.

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Kevin Satterlee was appointed last summer to lead Idaho State University and he joins Idaho Matters to talk about the challenges, the successes and his ambitions for the university.

MakerMinded schools focus on STEM education from the perspective of cultivating the next generation of manufacturers and infrastructural developers. On Thursday's Idaho Matters, we talk about the presence of these schools in Idaho with Jamie Pilkerton and ReBekha Lulu with Basin Elementary School and Dr. Angela Hemingway, executive director of the Idaho STEM Action Center.


A recent FBI report found that anti-Semitic crimes have increased dramatically in recent years. The Echoes & Reflections program has designed curriculum and training for educators to teach Holocaust history and hate crime recognition and on Tuesday's Idaho Matters, we speak with Echoes & reflections deputy project director Melissa Mott and Wassmuth Center for Human Rights executive director Dan Prinzing about why this type of education is vital.

There’s a college dropout crisis in America. That’s according to a recent report from the New York Times and the Urban Institute’s Center on Education Data and Policy. They found that roughly one in three students who enroll in college never earn a degree.

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We’re in the middle of the “100 Deadliest Days” on Idaho roadways — that’s the stretch between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Officials say teen-related crashes are a part of that problem.

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A group of Idaho fourth graders have released tiny trout they raised from eggs in their Gooding classroom.



Five Idaho charter schools were recently awarded with $800,000 in federal funds allowing for the addition of 2,484 new seats for K-12 students. Idaho Matters looks at the growth of charter schools in the region with Bluum CEO Terry Ryan and Sage International School executive director Keith Donahue.

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Idaho's average teacher pay has declined by 6.4% since 2009, adjusted for inflation. This is just one of the reasons cited by Idaho Education Association president Kari Overall and Idaho Association of School Administrators executive director Rob Winslow for the inability of the state to retain experienced teachers. On Tuesday's Idaho Matters, we talk with Overall and Winslow about what the state can do to keep veteran teachers in Gem Stae classrooms.

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May is National Pet Month, and to highlight it we’re looking at an organization that works to promote something called “humane education.” The nonprofit Helping Idaho Dogs looks to boost the number of registered therapy dog teams in the Gem State and spreads the benefits of being with an animal.

Teacher Pay Gap Reaches New Highs

May 20, 2019

Public school teachers are seeing historically low wages compared to workers with similar education and skills. Noah Glick found our region varies wildly according to a new report.

Last year, the weekly wages for teachers was more than 21 percent lower than those of comparable workers. That’s according to the recent analysis from the Economic Policy Institute.


Idaho Education News reporter Kevin Richert stops by Idaho Matters to catch us up on the latest education stories in the state. $53.9 million in bond issues and levies are being requested by 17 rural Idaho school districts. We look at the May 21 election on the issuance, a new K-12 education task force and an increase in school bullying.

Boise State Students Search For Bodies At Old Idaho Pen

May 16, 2019
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The Boise State Geophysics Club is taking part in a truly unusual school activity: They are looking for dead bodies. Dead prisoners, to be exact, 55 buried on the grounds of the Old Idaho PenitentiaryIdaho Matters talks with Amber Beierle, Historic Sites Administrator with the Idaho State Historical Society and Dylan Mikesell, a Boise State geosciences assistant professor and advisor to the club.

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In each year since 2007, the Davis Project for Peace awards funds to college students around the world who propose "peace projects" that facilitate education, clean resources, agricultural assistance and medical aid for developing communities. Students from the College of Idaho have won this honor 12 years in a row. This year's recipient is Anniella Kabitso, who will be returning to her home country of Burundi for the summer to work on her project, “Book, Dialogue, and the Clean Light that Lasts: Burundi.” 

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The Meridian Library is a winner of the highest honor that can be given to museums and libraries across the country.