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Governor:C.L. Butch Otter
Superintendent of Public Instruction:Sherri Ybarra
Quality Counts state grade:D+
Pre-K-12 enrollment:290,885
Number of school districts:160
Number of public schools:747
Number of public school teachers:15,609
Unadjusted education spending per student:$6,621
Percent minority students:23.2%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:48.5%
Percent of students with disabilities:9.8%
Percent of English-language learners:4.4%
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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March 27, 1991 – Education Week
Even though he made an unusual prime-time television appeal for his education budget, Idaho's Democratic governor was dealt a heavy political blow last week when the Republican-controlled legislature again approved a spending plan identical to one he had vetoed only days earlier.
April 6, 1988 – Education Week
The question of who controls the content of student newspapers can be a thorny one for even the smallest school districts.

In the small community of Lapwai near Lewiston, Idaho, the school board's decision last spring to approve a policy limiting students' freedom to publish stories on "nonschool topics" has prompted a sharp editorial attack in the Lewiston Tribune.

October 21, 1987 – Education Week
Following are summaries of how education measures fared in states that have concluded their current legislative sessions.


March 27, 1985 – Education Week
The following summary of state legislative action on education was reported by Richard Wilson in Frankfort, Ky., and Sheppard Ranbom.

April 11, 1984 – Education Week
Salary increases for teachers, stiffer graduation requirements, and a six-period school day are the top priorities in Idaho's plan for a statewide program of excellence in education--and so are higher taxes to pay for the $72-million proposed reforms.

The Governor's Task Force on Education, a 30-member committee of leaders in business, the community, the legislature, and education presented its two-year "Investment Plan for Excellence," to Gov. John Evans this month.

November 23, 1983 – Education Week
Tougher standards for students, teachers, and administrators are recommended in the recently released final report of the Idaho Commission on Excellence in Education.
September 8, 1982 – Education Week

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