18 months, 5,000 students: Idaho colleges and universities face a deep enrollment decline

Students and families fill a socially distanced parking lot at Boise State University before the start of fall classes in 2020. More and more of these students are coming from farther and farther away. Out-of-state enrollment has steadily increased, even before the pandemic, underscoring a recruiting challenge. “We also have to figure out how to … Read more

Idaho Falls charter school set for August opening

Alturas Preparatory Academy Executive Director Michelle Ball, center-left, consults with Alturas Preparatory Academy board members about renovations.. BOISE (IdahoEdNews.org) — An Idaho Falls charter school is months away from opening its doors for the first time — in a remodeled 73,000-square-foot former Sears department store. Alturas Preparatory Academy Executive Director Michelle Ball told EdNews Thursday … Read more

Gov. Little announces new youth workforce development and apprenticeship program

The partnership with Boys and Girls Clubs aims to spark interest in education careers while also helping current students deal with pandemic-related learning loss. GARDEN CITY, Idaho — Wednesday morning, Idaho Governor Brad Little announced a new program aimed at developing the education work force while also helping young people make up for pandemic learning … Read more

Masks no longer required for students in West Ada School District

The West Ada Board of Trustees voted 5-0 at its meeting Tuesday night to make face masks optional for the 2021-2022 school year. MERIDIAN, Idaho — Kids in the state’s largest school district can now take off their masks. The West Ada Board of Trustees voted 5-0 at its meeting Tuesday night to make face … Read more

Idaho Board of Education backs making college entrance exams optional

The measure does not mean colleges will be barred from asking for SAT or ACT test scores – just that they can forgo that requirement if they choose. BOISE, Idaho — Idaho’s State Board of Education on Wednesday advanced a bid to allow universities and colleges around the state to forgo entrance exams like the … Read more

Biden cancels $500 million in student debt for victims of for-profit school fraud

(CNN) — The Department of Education is canceling $500 million in student loan debt for 18,000 former ITT Tech students defrauded by the now defunct for-profit college, another step the Biden administration is taking to address a backlog of more than 100,000 forgiveness claims left over from the Trump administration. ITT Tech, which shut down … Read more

Idaho Lt. Gov. McGeachin appoints motivational speaker to ‘indoctrination’ task force

McGeachin appointed Pete Coulson to her task force after the ISBA president resigned from it after the group couldn’t define critical race theory. BOISE, Idaho — About a week after the Idaho School Board Association president resigned from Lieutenant Governor Janice McGeachin’s education task force that was formed “to protect our young people from the … Read more

Idaho district begins summer school to address education gap

BURLEY, Idaho — School district officials in Idaho have started offering a full summer school program to catch up all students who may have fallen behind academically during the coronavirus pandemic.  The Times-News reported that the Cassia County School District was prompted to move to a full program to fill the educational gaps caused by … Read more

Rep. Giddings requests curriculum for Boise schools’ English Learners and college prep classes

The Boise School District said they’re the “latest target of indoctrination task force,” which McGeachin formed to find the “scourge” of “critical race theory.” BOISE, Idaho — On Wednesday afternoon, the Boise School District said Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin’s indoctrination task force is now requesting thousands of documents on classroom curriculum, which will cost more … Read more

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