BOISE — State schools Superintendent Sherri Ybarra told state lawmakers on Thursday that Idaho’s schools are on a “positive, upward trajectory” as she pitched her plan to increase state funding for schools next year by 5.3% to $1.99 billion.

BOISE — Idaho State University is asking for a fairly flat budget next year.

MOSCOW — Administrator salaries likely will avoid the chopping block as the University of Idaho works to cut $22 million from its operating budget next year.

Heidi Sanderson waited at the corner across from A.H. Bush Elementary School on Tuesday morning, bundled in layers of clothes including a jacket that is rated for negative 20 degrees and a fluorescent vest.

Pointing to the rising number of jobs dependent on science, technology, engineering or mathematics across the state, the Idaho STEM Action Center asked the Legislature for an 8 percent budget increase for the next year.

Tiebreaker Elementary School is among the 12 Idaho elementary schools that received a donation this month through a new partnership between the Idaho Lottery and the Idaho Commission of Libraries.

For the first time, a school in Bonneville Joint School District 93 has been nominated for the National Blue Ribbon award, the Department of Education’s prestigious program for high-performing schools.

UCON — More than a dozen families in Ucon will have food on the table and gifts under the tree on Christmas, thanks to donations from their classmates and students at another local school.

Nine schools and groups in eastern Idaho received grants from the Idaho STEM Action Center this week, providing more than $20,000 for their projects and events that promote science, technology, engineering and math.

Compass Academy is building up its club for computer programming after its Girls Go CyberStart team was one of the most successful in Idaho earlier this year.

The Idaho Falls School District 91 board of trustees hashed out some of the details for the first phase of a potential bond request at its Monday work session, but the future of Idaho Falls High School remains uncertain.

Brigham Young University-Idaho announced Monday evening that it will accept Medicaid as insurance to meet its coverage requirement, a reversal of course on a decision that drew national attention to the school and led to a backlash among many students.

Employees at the University of Idaho will have the option to take as many as five days of voluntary furlough as the university works to reduce its current budget by $1 million, following a request from Gov. Brad Little.

REXBURG — Brigham Young University-Idaho officials said Wednesday that the university decided to stop accepting Medicaid to waive a student health plan due to concerns for local health care providers.

Some Brigham Young University-Idaho students are pushing back against the university’s decision to stop accepting Medicaid as an acceptable health plan to waive the school’s student insurance policy.