The Idaho Department of Education is working with Boise State University in hopes of training 9,500 teachers and school administrators to improve math instruction in the state's public schools, the Idaho Statesman reports. The state is negotiating with professor Jonathan Brendefur, director of the university's Institute for Developing Mathematical Thinking, on a one-year, $450,000 contract to guide the math instruction of 1,800 educators next year. The state might spend about $3.9 million altogether on a new approach to math teaching and learning. Idaho is in the early stages of a plan to boost sagging math scores among public school students

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