Idaho schools

Sherri Ybarra

Are you a young person passionate about education? This advisory council seeks applicants

BY: - June 18, 2021

The first cohort of Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra’s Student Advisory Council is open for applications, according to a release from the Idaho State Department of Education. Ybarra’s goal is to gather a panel from across the state that represents Idaho’s diversity in grade level, background, interests, culture and school size, among other […]

A portion of the redacted public records from Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin's office

McGeachin’s office refuses to release public comments on ‘indoctrination’ task force

BY: - June 4, 2021

Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin’s office on Thursday sent the Idaho Capital Sun 238 pages of public records from Idahoans, sought by her to inform her education task force. But most of it was covered in black boxes with the word “REDACTED.” The delivery followed six weeks of back-and-forth with the lieutenant governor’s chief of staff. […]

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16,000 school-aged kids in Idaho caught COVID-19. That’s not what school reports said.

BY: - June 4, 2021

Idaho schools did not know about, or report, more than half of COVID-19 cases among students in the last school year, according to an Idaho Capital Sun data analysis. More than 16,000 school-aged children in Idaho had COVID-19 between the first week of September and May 22. But the statewide summary of COVID-19 cases linked […]

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The pandemic brought triumphs, and obstacles, to special education in Boise schools

BY: - May 26, 2021

Hillside Junior High School teacher Jon Stevens worked in the Special Education Resource Room with students in seventh grade through ninth grade. Well, some of the students were there. Some of them were at home. Stevens and his 29 students had to balance expectations during a pandemic school year — with classrooms in the Boise […]

Idaho schools chief names new deputy superintendent of operations

BY: - April 20, 2021

Joel Wilson, who leads the Butte County School District, will join the Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction’s office in July as deputy superintendent of operations, according to a press release from the state agency. Wilson replaces Tim McMurtrey, who has been in the position since 2015 and is retiring after 35 years in positions serving […]