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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.

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.


A law degree is useful for more than just litigating and enrollment in law schools is on the increase as people find a JD useful for getting into government service, public advocacy or simply expanding a skill set.

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A local human rights group is heading back to Cambodia this spring to deliver bicycles to school children in need.

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After losing more than $750,000 to an online scam, a rural eastern Idaho school district is working with federal investigators to recover portions of the money.


Mark Browning of the College of Western Idaho discusses financial aid opportunities for students seeking a degree.

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New Governor Brad Little made education his top priority during his State of the State speech on Monday. A group that lobbies in favor of Idaho teachers is cautiously optimistic about his proposal for 2019.


In his first State of the State speech, Governor Brad Little proposed minimum salaries for teachers and increases in education spending. We speak with the Idaho Education Association about the proposals and how much these initiatives could move the needle insofar as improving education in the Gem State.

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Sun Valley Center for the Arts has a new arts education program. Classroom Enrichment is impacting the process students go through to learn core curriculum (math, science, humanities, language arts) by integrating the arts into lessons. Idaho Matters talks with the Center about the importance of arts education.

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Secondary education costs are on the rise and college debt is one of the biggest financial obstacles facing Americans today. The state's Idaho College Savings Program helps parents plan and save for their kids' education. We'll talk with the program's director about some of these methods and how Idahoans can access the program.


Mastery-based education encourages students to really think about what they are learning rather than rely on rote memorization. We talk with educators about how teaching paradigms are being re-examined.

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This holiday season, Boise State University students with meal plans can donate one of their unused guest meals to a student in need.

Using 3D Printed Models To Teach About Heart Defects

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Boise State clinical assistant professor Samantha Davis recently received the 2018 National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) Gary A. Smith Educational Award for Innovation in Education Achievement for her development of a 3D printed heart that aids students in studying heart defects. Davis joins Idaho Matters to talk about her heart.

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An internationally-recognized environmental health expert says the Boise School District is taking the right first steps to purge lead from school water sources – but that more needs to be done to protect the health of students and staff.