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Idaho governor to push for higher education changes

January 8, 2018View for printing

Gov. Butch Otter offered a rare early glimpse into his agenda for the upcoming legislative session on Thursday by announcing plans to ask lawmakers to create a chief education officer who would help make key changes inside Idaho's post-secondary system.

"We have a lot of agencies clinging to the status quo and status quo isn't going to get us there," Otter said while speaking to the Idaho State Board of Education. "I think this transition is going to take some time, and I think it's probably going to have to change me a little, too."

Otter said creating a higher education CEO would help the state reach its 2010 goal of getting 60 percent of Idaho's young adults to complete a post-secondary degree or certificate by 2025.

By Kimberlee Kruesi Associated Press ... ion-change/
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