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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.

Bronco BEAM

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. 

James Dawson / Boise State Public Radio

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.

James Dawson / Boise State Public Radio

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.

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.


Student Veterans of America

One of the biggest draws of the military for young Americans is the promise of a low-cost college experience. Veterans are becoming a growing segment of college students, but there can be some challenges when transitioning from the military to student life. In advance of Veterans Day, we talk with an Army vet at the University of Idaho about her experience from soldier to student. 

Boise State University

In July, 28 GOP Idaho house members sent a letter to Boise State University criticizing the school’s diversity and inclusion programs at the school. Now, Boise State’s College Republicans and Young Democrats are sponsoring a forum with legislators about the issue. Presidents of the student politcal clubs join Idaho Matters to preview the event next Tuesday, October 22  which will take place in the Simplot Ballroom. 


This interview originally aired June 20, 2019. 

Author Ridley Pearson has built a career on writing suspense novels for young adult readers. His latest project is writing a comic book portraying the children of Superman and Batman for DC Comics. Pearson is also a guest author on the PBS television series, Kid Stew, featured on Idaho Public Television. Pearson joins Idaho Matters to talk about his work and what inspires his writing.

Boise State University

According to a new report from the Pew Charitable Trusts, Idaho higher education ranks 49th in the nation when it comes to how much revenue is collected for each student. So does that mean Idaho’s colleges and universities are underfunded? Idaho EdNews dug deeper into the report and breaks down their findings on Idaho Matters.  

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The Booth Marian Pritchett School has a 96-year history in Boise. Its goal is keeping pregnant girls and parenting teens in school, but their infrastructure needed an upgrade. After years of fundraising, the new school will open as part of the Salvation Army's updated community center. Idaho Matters speaks to the organization about how the new school will keep young parents educated.

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Courtesy Sherri Ybarra

Last week, Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra called a meeting of her "Red Tape Committee," a group of 18 education leaders formed to reduce red tape in the Department of Education. But the public and the press were kept out and the meeting was held behind closed doors. Clark Corbin from Idaho Ed News joins Idaho Matters to talk about why the meeting was kept secret.


This segment originally aired May 21, 2019. 

Idaho's average teacher pay has declined by 6.4% since 2009, adjusted for inflation. Some advocates says this makes it difficult for the state to retain experienced teachers. We learn more about this issue, and what the Idaho Education Association thinks should be done about it. 

Idaho Education News

Five years into a pre-K pilot program, the Boise School District is doubling down.

Free pre-kindergarten classes will open Monday at Garfield and Whittier elementary schools, as the district seeks to expand early education in neighborhoods with high poverty rates.

In recent years, alternative housing has become a popular solution to the increasing cost and the environmental impact of traditional building materials. Caldwell-based company indieDwell specializes in building modular housing using shipping containers. They are now partnering with the College of Idaho to create dorms using this modular construction method. Idaho Matters talks to both parties about the future of dorms and innovations of housing.