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Governor:C.L. Butch Otter
Superintendent of Public Instruction:Sherri Ybarra
Quality Counts state grade:D+
Pre-K-12 enrollment:295,947
Number of school districts:148
Number of public schools:706
Number of public school teachers:15,002
Unadjusted education spending per student:$6,791
Percent minority students:22.3%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:47.2%
Percent of students with disabilities:9.3%
Percent of English-language learners:4.5%
NAEP Mathematics 2015 percent proficient
4th grade math:38.2%
8th grade math:34.0%
NAEP Reading 2015 percent proficient
4th grade reading:36.1%
8th grade reading:37.2%

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The U.S. Supreme Court ruled last week that a state's restriction on school district and other local government employee-payroll deductions for politics does not violate the free speech rights of unions.
March 3, 2009 - Education Week
Idaho is bracing for deep education cuts, Kansas is working to prevent any, and Alabama is weighing a gambling tax to fund education.
December 17, 2008 - Education Week
Public colleges and universities in Georgia, Idaho and Nebraska are also considering drastic cost-cutting measures to make up for losses in state revenue.
December 2, 2008 - Education Week
The U.S. Supreme Court last week heard arguments in a case that is the latest challenge to one of the ways teachers’ unions amass their political war chests.
November 10, 2008 - Education Week
With the pressure on to increase student learning, Georgia and Idaho states are in the process of overhauling what analysts say is among the most neglected pieces of the teacher-quality continuum: evaluation.
September 29, 2008 - Education Week
Misconceptions about Idaho’s virtual schools spread quickly when news outlets picked up information from one another.
April 29, 2008 - Education Week
The Idaho Education Association, its Pocatello affiliate, and several other public-employee unions in the state, which rely on the deductions to help pay for their political action committees, challenged the Idaho law.
April 8, 2008 - Education Week
The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to review an Idaho state law that bars school districts and other local government agencies from making deductions from union members' paychecks for the unions' political activities.
March 31, 2008 - Education Week (Web)

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