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The leader of Idaho’s second largest school district  is retiring. Don Coberly started his career in the Boise school district more than 30 years ago. Wednesday, he announced he’ll retire at the end of the 2018-2019 school year in May.

Computer Science Education Week runs through December 7 and the Idaho STEM Action Center is emphasizing training in coding, the backbone of computer programming. We speak with STEM AC about the classes and opportunities available to anyone who wants to get started in computer coding.

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Minidoka County is taking a new approach to funding kindergarten for some of its youngest students.

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After detecting lead in water at one Boise school last month, district officials ordered a widespread test of all schools that could also be contaminated. About one in six samples tested above federal guidelines for lead found in drinking water across 26 active schools built before 1986 – the year Congress outlawed lead pipes in new construction nationwide.

Idaho has made small progress in improving the rate of high school graduates going on to college, but there is still room for improvement. Kevin Richert of Idaho Education News joins us to discuss efforts to improve this metric.

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Election officials will review the votes for the College of Western Idaho's funding levy, which failed by 144 votes. Idaho Matters looks at the potential results.

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The president’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, was in Idaho Tuesday visiting the community of Wilder. The First Daughter was joined by Apple CEO Tim Cook. While the pair went to the small town west of Boise to see how technology was being integrated into the classroom, the visit drew both supporters and opponents of the president.

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College of Western Idaho

The College of Western Idaho board of trustees voted unanimously Monday to request a recount of last week's election results for a proposed levy that would have been used to build a health sciences building on campus.


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The State Department of Education released the results of this fall's reading scores. The results are not positive. We talk with Idaho Education News reporter Kevin Richert about why this year's reading numbers are below last year's.

State-funded pre-k is coming up in the Mountain West. More states than ever are funding programs across the country. But of the handful that don't, three are in our region.


Update: Thursday, November 8

After staff at Middleton's Heights Elementary were put on paid administrative leave for appearing in photos wearing divisive outfits for Halloween, the school district says the educators will go back on the job.

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Idaho wants to see more students finish college, even if they stopped their studies years ago. To accomplish that goal, the state has set aside money for a scholarship to encourage adults to go back to school.

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Idaho has a goal of seeing 60 percent of its young people obtain a college degree or certificate. The campaign to get completion levels to that threshold began seven years ago. New data reveals minimal progress toward the 60 percent figure.

The State Board of Education is calling for changes in the funding formula for Idaho's public colleges and universities. The new approach would be outcome-based, focusing on the graduation rates rather than credit-hour rates. Kevin Richert of Idaho Education News breaks down the how and why of the new funding structure proposal.

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The way Idaho provides some of its funding to colleges and universities could be changing.

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Boise State Uniting for Inclusion and Leadership in Diversity is the university's cultural diversity certification program for faculty and staff. On Wednesday's Idaho Matters, we discuss the evolving definitions and expectations of cultural tolerance on the campus.

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College of Western Idaho

The College of Western Idaho would like to develop a new health sciences building to accomodate the Treasure Valley's growth and CWI is looking to a property tax levy as a funding mechanism. We'll talk about the growing community's need for health services and how this project could facilitate a larger healthcare force for Southern Idaho.

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Beth Oppenheimer of the Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children joins Idaho Matters to discuss efforts to create affordable, high quality pre-school opportunities for Idahoans.

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Life's Kitchen offers an opportunity for at-risk youths in the Treasure Valley to develop independence and self-sufficiency by teaching culinary skills, offering mentorship programs and internship and job placement. The organization is celebrating its 15th year and on Tuesday, Idaho Matters will be joined by the Treasure Valley nonprofit's executive director and a graduate of the program.

Authors Ron Price and Stacy Ennis deliver a guide for better leadership in the unconventional guise of a novel, Growing Influence. Price and Ennis join Idaho Matters to discuss what constitutes great leadership skills.

The Giraffe Laugh daycare facilities in Boise provide "early care and education to young children by ensuring school readiness, empowering families and building strong futures" and refuse to see economic status as an obstacle to quality child care. Giraffe Laugh joins us to discuss the importance of early childhood education and how to make it available to everyone.

The opening of the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine brings the first medical school to Idaho. Classes began this week and we speak with Dan Burrell, a founder and trustee of ICOM and the CEO of the Burrell Group, the investment group behind ICOM's funding.

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Idaho’s largest school district and a housing developer are at odds over land in Meridian near the site of a proposed new high school.

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A new report out of Idaho shows the number of children without a permanent roof over their heads is increasing.  This trend is mirrored across much of the Mountain West. 

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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.