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Idaho Chief Says 'No' to 5th Term, Praises Improvement Efforts

The longtime chief of Idaho's public schools has announced that he will retire in December at the end of his fourth term in office.

Jerry L. Evans, a Republican, was first elected to the position in 1978.

At a news conference last month, Mr. Evans, 62, said the major disappointments of his 16 years in office were the still-unresolved lawsuit over Idaho's school-funding formula, and the state's low per-pupil spending levels relative to the rest of the nation.

He praised efforts to improve Idaho schools, citing advances made in introducing technology to the classroom.

"The longer I serve as state superintendent, and the longer I am in public education,'' he said at the news conference, "the more certain I am that our future as a state and nation is directly tied to the quality of education we provide our young people.''

Mr. Evans was a teacher, principal, and superintendent in Idaho schools for 26 years before being elected state superintendent.

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