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|Use the Education Counts Database to find more detailed state information, ranks, comparisons across states, national statistics and more.|
|Governor:||C.L. Butch Otter|
|Superintendent of Public Instruction:||Tom Luna|
|Quality Counts state grade:||C-|
|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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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.
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.
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