Emmett School District

Governor Brad Little said during a press conference last week that rapid tests, which produce results in 15 minutes, will soon be available for testing Idaho’s school teachers and staff. But more than a month into the school year, districts have been waiting for testing options promised by the state.

Central District Health Tuesday improved the risk classification for multiple school districts in its area, moving the Boise, West Ada and Kuna school districts from the red, high risk category 3 to the yellow, moderate risk category 2.

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Many public schools in Idaho are only five weeks away from the scheduled first day of school, but planning how to safely open school doors during the coronavirus pandemic is uncertain at best.


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The American Academy of Pediatrics this week said schools should reopen as soon as possible. The group representing more than 67,000 pediatricians wrote that the effects of keeping schools closed is worse for kids than the risks of COVID-19. 

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Some Treasure Valley schools have added additional security measures for the new academic year in the wake of several high-profile shootings, including one that left 17 people dead at a Parkland, Florida high school in February.

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The more than 500 students who attend Amity Elementary started the school year in a new, above ground building. That might not sound like a big deal, but Amity was known for its subterranean structure.

The Idaho State Department of Education released its list of the 29 most underperforming schools in the state. From Idaho Education News, Kevin Richert goes through the metrics and the reasons for these designations.

Idaho Education News reporter Kevin Richert joins us to discuss the state's Advance Opportunity program..

Terrorism is unfortunately a fact of life in the world we live in. But helping your child understand it so they can safe can be a difficult conversation to have. Psychiatrist and award-winning author Dr. Carole Lieberman believes talking to your kids about terrorism and school shootings is as important as the birds and bees talk. We talk to the doctor on Monday's Idaho Matters.

This month, Colorado became the first state in the nation to allow school nurses to administer medical marijuana to students. But not all nurses may be on board.

An attorney for a southern Idaho school district has asked that court documents relating to a sexual misconduct case be sealed.

The Times-News reports that attorneys for the Dietrich School District cited a Tuesday article in the newspaper that detailed the school's investigating into allegations that a black football player was sexually assaulted as evidence as to why the court documents should be sealed.

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Across the Northwest, students are wrapping up their school year. By the time Idaho high school students return in the fall, their classrooms will be on their way to becoming wireless hotspots. The Idaho Department of Education is preparing to spend more than $2 million to put high-speed wireless Internet in all public high schools.

It's part of what Idaho education officials like to call the “21st Century Classroom.” They're asking for bids over the summer on a contract to have WiFi up and running across the state by March 2014.

Idaho Schools Count Down To Summer Break

May 27, 2013
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Most Idaho schools are days away from summer vacation. Boise, Meridian and Kuna school districts will end the year this Friday.

May 31st is the most common last day this year. Nampa students finish a day earlier and Caldwell schools are already finished. 

Other districts like Blaine County and McCall-Donnelly continue classes through the first week of June. Twin Falls will go home halfway through next week.

Former Superintendent Sues Idaho Over School Fees

Oct 1, 2012
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A former school superintendent is suing the state of Idaho on behalf of all parents who have been charged fees by their childrens’ schools. Russell Joki says charging fees violates Idaho’s constitution which requires a free, uniform school system. Joki has been a teacher and administrator in Idaho and Oregon schools and now teaches education classes for the University of Idaho. He says charging fees has become endemic in Idaho schools. He cites his own grandson as an example.

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Wildfire smoke is becoming the “new normal” for some parts of the Northwest. In central Washington, health officials are urging residents to keep their doors and windows closed and stay inside. Bad air has forced at least one school district to take some unusual measures to keep class in session.

The town of Cashmere is at the geographic center of Washington –- and about 8 miles from one of the state’s largest wildfires. Cashmere schools closed last week due to hazardous air, both inside and outside classrooms.

Now, school is back in session. With a few modifications.

The Nampa School District shocked its board and city residents Tuesday when it announced a budget shortfall of $2.8 million.  Because of accounting errors, Nampa superintendent Gary Larson told his audience, the district spent money it didn’t have.

The shortfall is in last year's budget, and it's coming to light at an unfortunate time: just as the district finishes making cuts to fill a budget gap for the year ahead.

Larson says the district's finance team caught the problem a little more than a week ago and alerted the deputy superintendent. 

Oregon Gets Waiver From No Child Left Behind While Idaho Waits

Jul 19, 2012
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Idaho is one of only five states still waiting for a waiver to the No Child Left Behind education law. California and Nevada are also waiting for permission to use their own academic accountability systems.

Lapwai Dads Go To School To Help Kids

Jun 15, 2012

Sunday is Father’s Day, when we think about all the things our dads have done for us. In one north Idaho community  dads are trying to do a lot more for their school and their kids.

Leotis McCormack’s 9 year old son started getting in trouble at school last fall. That did not go over well with McCormack, an officer with the Nez Perce Tribal Police in Lapwai. But it wasn’t just his son, many of his son’s friends were acting out at school as well. McCormack wanted to help.

Nampa Schools Try Again To Get More Money From Voters

Jun 13, 2012

The Nampa School District hopes the second time will be the charm. In August the district will ask voters for more money even though a previous attempt failed earlier this year.

This time Nampa schools are asking voters for $1.6 million. Compare that to the $3.58 million request Nampa voters rejected in March. The district thinks that smaller number will be easier to swallow.

Idaho Schools Get Grant To Provide Healthy Snacks

May 24, 2012
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More than 100 Idaho schools have been selected to receive a federal grant to give kids more fresh fruits and vegetables. The grants are meant to provide healthy snacks outside of the school lunch and breakfast program.