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A new class action lawsuit was filed last week challenging the way some Idaho school districts charge parents fees for sending their children to all-day kindergarten. Currently, the state only provides funding for half-day kindergarten. Some school districts including West Ada and Boise offer all-day, but charge parents fees to defray the cost.


We talk with Idaho Falls attorney Jason Wood, one of the plaintiffs in the case. He says the fees violate Idaho's constitution and discriminate against students in poverty. 


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The Teton School District is dropping its Redskins mascot. Idaho Ed News reported on the crowded Tuesday night meeting where school trustees voted on the issue. We talk with Kevin Richert from Idaho Ed News about Teton and other Idaho schools that have controversial mascots.

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Last week, a group of 28 state lawmakers in Idaho sent Boise State University’s newly minted president a letter targeting the school’s diversity programs. The letter says the programs create “unnecessary costs.” Democratic lawmakers fired back with their own letter to Boise State President Marlene Tromp, who started her new role July 1. Democrats argue multicultural events and programs “celebrate diversity and drive academic success.” Now, a group of students is planning a rally in support of the programs caught up in the controversy. Idaho Matters goes in-depth on the issue.

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Some Boise State students are preparing a rally at the Idaho Statehouse on Saturday. It comes in response to a letter from GOP lawmakers asking the school's new president to stop certain programs and celebrations for minority students. Gemma Gaudette talks to one student who wants to keep the programs running.

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Idaho Fish and Game’s environmental education program is moving into another busy summer. WILD, which stands for Wildlife in Learning Design, hosts dozens of classes throughout the year for teachers to learn how to incorporate wildlife into their curricula.


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Forty Idaho teachers are gathering next week for the Idaho Humanities Council's Summer Teacher Institute. The teachers get an in-depth study of a single topic to help them teach that topic in their classrooms. The institute is titled "Are Women People?" The Journey for Voting Rights. The IHC is also holding three evening programs open to the public on the women's suffrage movement.

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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.

New Study Looks At Idaho's Education System

Jun 28, 2019
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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.

Boise State Hosts Cultural Exchange Night

Jun 26, 2019
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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.