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A bill that changes current worker compensation law in Idaho with the intent to help firefighters with cancers that they have presumably gotten while doing their jobs passed the Idaho Senate Monday on a 23-10 vote. Senators heard pro and con arguments for nearly an hour before casting votes. Sen. Curt McKenzie, R-Nampa, who sponsored Senate Bill 1336 on the…

An Idaho state education panel approved requiring high schoolers to pass two online courses in order to graduate, after some debate over what shape those classes could take.  One of the two classes will need to be asynchronous, which means a teacher can’t be physically in the classroom for most classes. “What we’re establishing here is a minimum,” said Roger…

The north Idaho state senator who helped shepherd wide-reaching changes to the state's public education system says he thinks voters won't strike down the reform efforts and that state education leaders must now get started rolling out the policies and rules to that follow the changes of the laws. Sen. John Goedde, R-Coeur d'Alene, sponsored the “Students Come First” plan…

Education reform dominated discussions during the 2011 Idaho Legislative session, and on the last day of the session, the Idaho Senate approved several changes to state schools superintendent Tom Luna's reform plan. The tweaks include an emergency clause that could hinder efforts at a voter referendum on the plan and reinstating protections for one year for districts with declining enrollments.…

The Idaho Legislature's investigative and accountability arm, the Office of Performance Evaluations (OPE), will spend the next year looking into how the state funds public colleges and universities as well as why Idaho has low post-secondary graduation rates. A panel of lawmakers also asked OPE to look into the state lottery, the potential for an efficiency commission, and a state-funded…

The Idaho Senate approved the third and final piece of state schools superintendent Tom Luna's education overhaul, after hours of debate that included criticism from many Democrats and Republicans. The final vote was 20-15, which was the same tally as the first planks of Luna's, though there was a shift of support among several Republicans. Sen. John Goedde, R-Coeur d'Alene,…

Top Idaho lawmakers say the legislative session could still end April 1, but issues surrounding public schools, which has faced legislative reforms and lacks a budget for the next year, could be a stumbling block that turns prognosticators into April fools. Senate Majority Leader Bart Davis, R-Idaho Falls, said on the floor of the Senate that lawmakers could wrap up…

The final piece of Superintendent Tom Luna's public schools reform package was introduced by the Senate State Affairs Committee Friday, ending weeks of speculation as to what the bill would contain. The introduction took less than 10 minutes but might have given observers some idea of how much opposition the measure could face moving forward through the Senate.  Republican Majority…

The so-called “son of Senate Bill 1113,” the third part of the education reform package backed by Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna, will likely be introduced in a Senate committee Friday. The legislation has been stalled in the Senate for three weeks, and the new version of the plan will scale back some of the changes, according to…

Idaho legislators writing the next budget have plowed through setting spending for most state agencies, but will take a break after Thursday, with the two biggest areas of state spending, public schools and Medicaid, still on the table. Potential changes to the school reform plan backed by state schools chief Tom Luna could also affect the budget-setting process. “We're sort…