The debate over social justice and critical race theory has all but brought education budgeting to a dead stop, as the legislative session enters its 100th day.
U of I officials attributed the increase, in part, to an unspecified “small pocket of cases that has been addressed.”
Halli Stone has long voiced her opposition to things like abortion and the Equal Rights Amendment. Today her fight is against bonds and levies for her children’s schools. She’s winning.
Some Republicans say the Protecting Critical Thinking in Higher Education Act, which gives students added grounds to sue colleges and professors, could be the linchpin to passing a higher ed budget.
Other education leaders recognize the moment. This debate is about what happens in the classroom — and the claims, advanced by the Idaho Freedom Foundation and its legislative allies, that Idaho schools are becoming havens of liberal indoctrination.
Let’s support and move our students forward, not stifle or downgrade the educational processes through fear and false accusations to push a political agenda.
As a teacher, it is my job to present facts to students and have them critically analyze the content. I encourage discussions and inquiry that are backed by evidence.
The district’s approach to behavioral health includes focusing on teaching positive behavior expectations, partnering with agencies for on-site therapy, training staff on trauma and incorporating Nez Perce culture at every turn.
“It’s going to hurt,” said Idaho State University President Kevin Satterlee, acknowledging the possibility that the freeze will force staff and program cuts. “But it’s the right thing to do.”
In a less-than-subtle rebuke of the House, the Senate wrapped up its floor session late Wednesday morning, and said it won’t reconvene until next week.
This letter to the Idaho House of Representatives was signed by nearly 100 members of Idaho Business for Education, a business group working to strengthen education in Idaho.