Federal Charter Measure Clears Hurdle in House

By Alyson Klein From Education Week April 15, 2014 States and districts would be encouraged to help grow high-quality charter schools—and ensure that they enroll and retain English-language learners and students in special education—under a bipartisan bill approved overwhelmingly by the House Education and the Workforce Committee last week. The measure, which was sponsored by Rep. more »

Superintendent Luna Visits Schools, Talks with Students About New Test

From the Idaho State Department of Education April 7, 2014 On March 25, schools across Idaho began administering the new Smarter Balanced Field Test to students in grades 3-8 and 11. To date, we have heard overwhelmingly positive comments from schools across the state. (Learn more about the Smarter Balanced Assessment or why Idaho is conducting a field more »

2014 Legislative Round-Up

Legislators focused on education for the short 74 day 2014 session. Just this week, the Governor finalized the K-12 budget at $1.37 billion representing a 5.1 percent increase over the last fiscal year. Initial progress was made on implementing the 20 recommendations from the Governor’s Task Force for Improving Education, but none were fully enacted. more »