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Governor:C.L. Butch Otter
Superintendent of Public Instruction:Tom Luna
Quality Counts state grade:C-
Pre-K-12 enrollment:276,081
Number of school districts:141
Number of public schools:748
Number of public school teachers:15,673
Unadjusted education spending per student:$7,100
Percent minority students:21.5%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:45.0%
Percent of students with disabilities:9.9%
Percent of English-language learners:5.6%
NAEP Mathematics 2011 percent proficient
4th grade math:39.7%
8th grade math:36.5%
NAEP Reading 2011 percent proficient
4th grade reading:33.0%
8th grade reading:38.3%

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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)
Thirteen Western states that are home to more than 93 percent of the nation’s federally owned land have formed a coalition to lobby Washington for an annual $4 billion in lost local and state property-tax revenues on the federal land, nearly $1.9 billion of which would have gone to pay for public education.
December 12, 2006 - Education Week
After 16 years of litigation over how to pay for school facilities in Idaho, the only certainty in the case is uncertainty.
November 28, 2006 - Education Week
The races for the nation’s two open state superintendent seats remained too close to call this morning, while incumbents in four states retained their seats.
November 8, 2006 | Updated: December 14, 2011 - Education Week (Web)

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