(AP) – Idaho plans to adopt a new grading system for public schools while seeking a federal waiver to get around provisions of the No Child Left Behind education law. Under the state Department of Education’s new accountability system, Idaho will use a five-star scale to evaluate and recognize schools.
State spending on public schools is in line for a $30 million increase under Gov. Otter’s proposed budget for next year. Public schools chief Tom Luna wanted at least $60 million of a projected state surplus to go toward public education in the fiscal year that starts July 1.
We told you yesterday about how the Twin Falls City Council had been starting their regular public meetings at 5 o’clock…and about how newly seated councilman and former mayor Chris Talkington had mentioned that time was not according to city code.
Tonight the Twin Falls City Council will be meeting an hour later than the usual 5 p.m. starting time. Apparently, the way it is now, the 5 p.m. starting time contradicts current city code. So to be legal and official, the meeting will begin tonight at 6 o’clock.
One of the main issues being considered this legislative session by Idaho lawmakers is the creation an independent ethics commission. Legislators on both sides of the Statehouse aisle are talking about joining 41 other states in the Union and creating an independent ethics commission for legislators.
The Taliban is publicly expressing interest in negotiating with Washington. According to the Washington Post, those talks could involve captured Idaho soldier Bowe Bergdahl and it could lead to a possible prisoner exchange deal.
If you thought you saw a blue angel over the skies of Twin Falls yesterday, you were correct. A familiar blue FA-18 Hornet touched down at the Magic Valley Regional Airport yesterday in preparation for this summer’s Air Magic Valley Airshow.
As of last night Twin Falls has a new mayor….City Councilman Gregg Lanting. Lanting received a unanimous vote from the council taking over the position held by Councilman Don Hall for the past two years.
Idaho’s water prognosticators are trying to be optimistic even though the snowpack in Idaho is way below last year. Water supply specialist Ron Abramovich says snowpack around the state is down considerably from last year and is considerably below average.
Since yesterday was a holiday the Twin Falls City Council will be meeting today instead. And starting with today’s meeting the faces of the council will change. Former councilmen Dave Johnson and Will Kezele did not seek reelection and Trip Craig was defeated in the last election.
(AP) – Idaho prison officials say the execution of Paul Ezra Rhoades for his role in the 1987 murders of two women cost the state more than $50,000. Rhoades died by lethal injection Nov. 18 at the Idaho Maximum Security Institution, marking the state’s first execution in 17 years.
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