ED board approves UI 2nd year law in Boise, No Child Left Behind waiver

A proposal approved by the Idaho State Board of Education gives permission for the University of Idaho College of Law to offer second-year students classes in Boise.

The board approved the proposal 4-3 Thursday during a meeting in Lewiston. The idea must still be approved by the Idaho Legislature along with a $400,000 appropriation to pay for it.

Under the plan, UI law school students would still have to take classes in Moscow during the first year. The law school already offers classes in Boise to students in their third year.

In 2008, the university sought to expand its law school presence by adding a full-fledged branch campus in Boise. But the board scaled back the idea to just third-year students.

Meanwhile, the board also approved Idaho’s application for No Child Left Behind flexibility, paving the way for the state to implement its five-star rating system.

The move comes after the U.S. Department of Education this week granted Idaho’s waiver from certain parts of No Child Left Behind.

Idaho’s five-star rating system will measure student achievement based on a number of factors, including academic growth, graduation rates and indicators of success in post-graduate studies and the workforce. All Idaho schools will now be ranked from one to five stars, and those receiving one or two stars will be required to develop school improvement plans.  (AP)

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