What are the struggles and benefits of a four-day school week?

by Melanie Flake, IdahoEdNews.org

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Small schools across the state tend to struggle with a limited budget and teacher retention. One way to alleviate this struggle, is to shift to a four-day school week. Three schools in Eastern Idaho are planning on moving to a four-day school week this fall. Currently, there are 45 school districts and 15 charter schools already operating on a four-day week, or approximately 11 percent of Idaho students.

Guns-in-school bill splits Second Amendment activists, education groups

Originally posted on IdahoEdNews.org on March 11, 2020

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Supporters say Senate Bill 1384 would create a first line of defense to make schools safer.

Opponents say the bill would increase the risk of a tragedy.

The Senate State Affairs Committee could weigh in Friday.

Senators took no action Wednesday on SB 1384, which would allow school employees with enhanced concealed weapons permits to carry firearms in school. The committee hearing will continue Friday, and a vote could follow.

Idaho Water Supply Outlook Report For March 2020

Natural Resources Conservation Service

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February of 2020, unlike 2019, was not one for the record books in Idaho. Monthly precipitation was below normal for most of Idaho and ranged from ~25 to 125% . The Clearwater River basin received the most precipitation during February (125%). Once again this water-year, the basins that received the least precipitation with respect to normal were the Wood & Lost in south-central Idaho, where new record low monthly precipitation was observed for the month of February. Now five months into the water-year and wet season, and the Wood & Lost basins have yet to see a single month with above normal precipitation (January was near normal). Resulting, water-year precipitation totals are abysmal and are now approaching half of normal for the Oct. 1 – Mar. 1 period. While there’s still time during the remainder of our wet-season to make up ground, it’s looking likely the overall water picture will be below normal in the Wood & Lost basins.

Legislative Session Ends On Time, Provides Funds For Homelessness, Transportation

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A short but intense 60-day legislative session ended Thursday evening with lawmakers taking action on a number of the governor’s priorities, including more than $170 million for services to address the state’s homeless crisis. The Legislature also provided funds for crucial transportation needs; approved changes to a Boeing tax incentive that will help the state avoid international tariffs; took some steps on legislation to address climate change; and passed bills that will improve social equity statewide.

University of Idaho Announces Endowed Professorship in Potato Research

News Release | University of Idaho Communiications

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MOSCOW, Idaho — March 12, 2020 — University of Idaho efforts to improve potato storage technology will benefit from a $1 million investment to create an endowed research professorship made possible by alumni Wayne and Peggy Thiessen and the Idaho Potato Commission.

WHO’S IDAHO’S NEXT TEACHER OF THE YEAR?

Idaho EdNews Staff

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Stacie Lawler, Idaho’s 2020 Teacher of the YearThe State Department of Education is accepting 2021 nominations for Idaho’s top teaching honor, Teacher of the Year.

“We all know amazing Idaho teachers, and now is your opportunity to nominate a passionate, talented teacher in your school as Idaho’s next Teacher of the Year,” said Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra.  “Let’s make the selection committee’s job particularly hard this year with many great choices from all parts of the state, subjects and grade levels.”

Fatal Crash On Gifford-Reubens Road Near Craigmont, Idaho

IDAHO STATE POLICE NEWS RELEASE

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On March 12, 2020, at approximately 08:47 am, Idaho State Police and Lewis County Sheriff's Office responded to a single vehicle crash on Gifford-Reubens Road, approximately one mile north of US 95, near Craigmont, Idaho. Randy Merrill, 60, of Lewiston, Idaho was traveling eastbound on Gifford-Reubens Road near milepost 25.4, when his vehicle left the roadway, rolled several times and came to rest in a field. Mr. Merrill was pronounced deceased at the scene. Next of kin has been notified. The crash is still under investigation.

F&G Commission Drops Steelhead Size Restriction From Clearwater Basin And Portion Of Snake River

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Biologists are confident broodstock needs will be met so size restriction is no longer needed.

The Idaho Fish and Game Commission removed the size restriction starting March 13 on steelhead fisheries in the Clearwater River basin and Snake River downstream of Couse Creek. 

WSU Spring Break Emphasis Patrols

News Release | Washington State Patrol

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Pullman – The Washington State Patrol (WSP) will be conducting emphasis patrols starting March 12th and running through March 22nd as Washington State University (WSU) students travel across the state for Spring Break.  District 4 troopers in Spokane, Whitman and Adams counties and District 6 troopers in Grant and Kittitas counties, will be focusing on speeding to include driving too fast for conditions, distracted/impaired driving and other collision-causing violations during the emphasis. 

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