According to a recent study, south-central Idaho schools have been hit the hardest of any region statewide with increases in the percentage of students who are economically disadvantaged, English language learners, or require special education.

In addition to the percentage point increases, for two of the three categories — economically disadvantaged and English language learner students — the region has the highest percentage of any region in the state.

While those challenges are hardly new for southern Idaho educators, the drastic increase in the portion of students who require additional programs makes it difficult to educate everyone.

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