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School districts in Idaho provide liability insurance for their teachers. That is pretty much where the agreement ends, however, among legislators, Idaho school organizations, a school superintendent and an insurance provider. They differ on the intent and meaning of a liability law provision contained in the state’s education reform measures passed by the 2011 Legislature. The measure, part of Senate Bill…

The third and final part of state schools superintendent Tom Luna's school reform plan passed the Senate Education Committee. The next step will be a full Senate vote, which is currently projected for early next week. The legislation passed the committee on a 6-3 vote. “We cannot live with the system we have one more year, in my opinion,” said…

The Idaho Senate Education Committee is set to wrap up two weeks of testimony and questions Thursday on a school reform package from state schools chief Tom Luna, and could allow the plan to move forward for a full Senate vote or stop it in its tracks. On Thursday, the committee will go through the changes in one of the…

State schools chief Tom Luna says the changes to public schools reform plan show that hours of public hearings last week weren't window dressing, but some of the top education groups across the state say they aren't sure their positions on the reform plan are adequately reflected in Luna’s revised plan. “He did listen and they did make some tweaks…

Idaho teachers, led by the Idaho Education Association (IEA), have been vocal critics of public school reforms proposed by Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna. On Monday, the IEA was joined by other statewide education groups in offering criticism about the plan, though those other groups praised some of the reforms. The meeting with education stakeholders kicked off four days…

Substitute teachers in Idaho public schools could be taken off the Public Employees Retirement System of Idaho (PERSI) under a proposal approved by a Senate panel Thursday. School board and administrators both support the legislation that would trim schools’ benefit contributions to PERSI for substitutes, which they say most substitutes would never collect. “The substitute teachers in many cases did…

Two education leaders — Boise State University President Bob Kustra and Idaho School Boards Association (ISBA) President Wayne Freedman — told lawmakers Thursday that they’d like more flexibility and control in spending state education dollars during difficult economic conditions. They also advocated for minimizing cuts to education. “We don’t expect you to find a magic bullet, but we hope to…