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North Idaho College hopes to offer Free summer classes

"North Idaho College wants to offer free summer courses, but the Idaho Legislature has to agree to fund them first.

The Summer Completion Initiative, if included in the Legislature’s final budget, would offer Idaho residents one or two courses at NIC, tuition-free, during the summer of 2017 in hopes of helping raise the number of students who enroll in college or technical school within 12 months after graduating high school.

NIC has asked lawmakers to include the $594,900 project in the state budget for fiscal year 2018." ...

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Career Cruising Launched in CDA District #271

"Eighth-graders in the Coeur d’Alene School District got a glimpse of the future this week when they made four-year plans for high school.

The district has implemented the new Career Cruising Program that helps students create a plan for high school and post-graduation and connects their coursework with real opportunities in the future."

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Idaho Needs Teachers

"Teachers in Idaho leave their jobs almost as often as retail workers do, according to the Idaho Department of Labor.

Over the course of 10 years, about 27 percent of K-12 teachers in Idaho, in both public and private schools, will leave the profession, or leave Idaho, according to the state labor department."

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CDA Charter Grad releases First Book

"The Gem State's formal moniker has again been reinvented with Ruskovich's debut novel, "Idaho." It is a tale of a family's loss, grief and faded memories and takes place in the fictional town of Ponderosa in North Idaho, a setting derived from Ruskovich's memories of growing up in Athol and Blanchard. She graduated from Coeur d'Alene Charter Academy in 2004 and now lives and teaches in Colorado.

Ruskovich investigated the true origin of "Idaho" and found that it may have come from a miscommunication when delegates were figuring out what to name the new state of Colorado." ...

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Local schools receive STEM grants

"The Idaho STEM Action Center just awarded more than a quarter-million dollars in grants to pre-K to 12th-grade education professionals and organizations throughout the state.

Kootenai County schools receiving grants include: Athol Elementary, Canfield Middle, Fernan STEM, Greensferry Elementary, Lakeland School District, Lakes Magnet Middle, Mountainview Alternative and North Idaho STEM."

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New task force focus: College and careers

As we near the midway point in successfully implementing the 20 recommendations from the 2013 Task Force for Improving Education, it’s time to turn our attention to the postsecondary part of Idaho’s K-through-Career education system.

I believe our success in implementing transformative initiatives in our K-12 education system over the past three years is due largely to the process used by that task force. The group’s diverse makeup, the study of best practices and research, and the robust discussion of potential improvements led to a five-year roadmap for improving student achievement and creating a world-class K-12 education system in Idaho.

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Dangers of vaping to be discussed

Monte Stiles and Ray Lozano, two leading experts in drug education and prevention, will pay a visit to Coeur d’Alene in January to discuss the dangers of e-cigs and vaping.

“A lot of young people — and even their parents — are under the mistaken impression that e-cigs are a harmless alternative to cigarettes,” said Steven Meier, director of the University of Idaho’s Addictions Training Program. “These dynamite speakers help reinforce the notion that vaping is far from harmless, and may in fact introduce a whole host of new health hazards that are especially dangerous for young people.”


Wednesday, Jan 11: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Community Room at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave.

Tuesday, Jan. 17: 6-7 p.m. Coeur d’Alene High School auditorium, 5530 N. Fourth St. 

Both events are free and open to the public. More event info:

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Project helps bridge students, bright future

Idaho schools now have some extra help providing students access to opportunities.

The Inspiring Futures Project is helping connect schools with community businesses so students can have a wider array of internships, apprenticeships and job shadows to choose from.

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Literacy: Now read this - By NORMAN GISSEL Guest Opinion

"Literacy, the ability to read and comprehend the written word, has always had a high economic, political, and cultural value. Those who are blessed with high literacy are favored with high social status. They receive the best jobs, and are paid the most. As we are now in the Information Age (some call it the Data Age) literacy has been assigned the highest possible value. Virtually every new job created in the coming years will require a community college or a four-year college education, whose educational requirements are unattainable to the nonreader. Those few remaining jobs available for the nonreader are being replaced with machines and robots at an accelerating rate or simply done away with."

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Idaho Head Start behind

"Many Idaho children from low-income families are not benefiting from a federal program specifically made to help them, a recent study found.


The study, conducted by the National Institute for Early Education Research, a unit of the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers, examines how effective Head Start and Early Head Start are in each of the 50 states."

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