State Board of Ed Meets Today, Considers Pulling Plug on Online Grad Requirements


In the shadow of an Election Day mandate from Idaho voters to reject the so-called Luna Laws, the Idaho State Board of Education has scheduled a special meeting in Boise today.

On their agenda, trustees will consider a repeal of a rule that currently requires all Idaho students to take at least two online courses in order to garner a high-school diploma.

In notes to the board, staff comments make direct reference to the Nov. 6 vote for the changes:

"The part of the question posed to the voters in Proposition 3 clearly included the repeal of online learning as a graduation requirement. While the Board has the authority to promulgate rules setting minimum high-school graduation requirements, the failure of Proposition 3 removed the statutory requirement that they include online learning for the class of 2016."

Additionally, the State Board of Education will be asked to give its blessing for a $6.1 million acquisition, allowing the University of Idaho to buy a parcel of land on the shore of Payette Lake, where the U of I's McCall campus sits.

The U of I has leased the McCall campus site for the past 65 years but this year, the lease rate increased from approximately $50,000 per year to approximately $250,000 per year.

The U of I now wants the state board's OK to purchase the land from a private party for $6.1 million, its current appraised value.

Today's meeting gets under way at 10 a.m. at the Board of Education offices on State Street.