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Some Idaho school districts already have rigorous science standards for teaching climate change. (Idaho National Laboratory/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho – Idaho lawmakers are holding public hearings Thursday and Friday on proposed science standards for Idaho public schools. At issue: how, or whether, those standards should address climate change. The past two years, legislators have rejected new science standards, which haven'

Preschool is a time for children to develop social and emotional skills, an early childhood advocate says. (Tabitha Blue/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho -- Preschool is a priority for an overwhelming majority of Idahoans, according to new poll. On Wednesday, the Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children and other early-education advocates presented survey results from Gem State voters and parents in Boise. Erik Iverson hea

Preschool programs exist around Idaho, but it still is one of only six states that doesn't fund preschool. (Paul Schultz/Flickr)

IDAHO CITY, Idaho – Boise State University's preschool pilot program in Boise has underscored the importance of early education, but the city isn't the only one in Idaho offering affordable access to preschool. In fact, some other cities have been doing it for much longer. For 18 years, ev

Idaho is the first state to revise its science-education standards to de-emphasize humans' role in climate change. (Takver/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho - While Idaho's state Department of Education introduced revised standards for science education regarding climate change in mid-May, one state representative says there is still time to change lawmakers' minds. The new standards de-emphasize humans' role in climate change in order to

Climate change could increase fires in Idaho, which in turn would threaten the state's natural resources. (Lance Cheung/USDA)

BOISE, Idaho – Unable to get an informational hearing on climate change's impact on Idaho in the Legislature, State Rep. Ilana Rubel is taking the issue to the people. Rubel holds a forum today at the Idaho State Capitol to address the effects that climate change is having on the state. She

Early-education advocates of all stripes met with legislators in informational meetings at the Capitol on Wednesday. (joevare/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho – Early-childhood education advocates of all stripes, including the lieutenant governor, educators, members of the military and business leaders, met with the Idaho House and Senate education committees in two informational meetings on Wednesday. Although advocates are unlikely to

BLOCK Fest, an interactive learning program for young children, will be on display at an event tomorrow at the Idaho State Capitol. (IAEYC)

BOISE, Idaho – The Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children is gathering early-learning advocates at the Capitol today to push for investments in quality education programs. The issue of funding early childhood education has long been discussed by the Legislature, but Idaho ranks

Idaho's class of 2015 ranked third in the country for its proportion of students with debt. (Faustin Tuyambaze/Unsplash)

BOISE, Idaho – Idaho students and former students heading into the new year are strapped with debt, and despite political rhetoric on the topic, there doesn't appear to be any sign of relief on the horizon. According to a new report from the Institute for College Access and Success (TICAS), 7

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