Get caught up on late-session education news — from budgets to dinosaurs.
Senate passes Idaho Launch bills, as incentive plan nears finish line
The program, one of Gov. Brad Little’s top education priorities, would allow high school graduates to receive up to $8,000 to attend community college, pursue a career-technical education certificate or complete workforce training.
Statehouse roundup, 3.22.23: Tuition credit bill stalls, leaving school choice debate on ice
Sponsors pulled the $12 million-a-year pilot bill from the House Education Committee’s agenda. The abrupt move could also bring the Legislature’s protracted debate over school choice to a grinding halt.
Analysis: The Legislature changes the rules on building schools … for better or worse
The tradeoff for schools: Give up one of your four election dates — a crucial one — in exchange for $100 million. And the possibility of more money down the road, but there are no guarantees.
Statehouse roundup, 3.21.23: Last-minute school choice bill debuts
In other news, budget writers moved two ‘trailer bills’ out of neutral and Idaho students earn a victory with their dinosaur bill.
Idaho Falls trustees approve a $33 million plant facilities levy for the May ballot
With a history of failed bonds on its record, Idaho Falls is turning to a new solution — a plant facilities levy.
CDA trustees agree to float $25 million supplemental levy in the wake of major election failures
The unanimous decision on Monday night followed an emotional discussion about “significant erosion of trust between the community and the district.”
Senate signs off on property tax overhaul
The bill would provide $100 million for school districts to put into property tax relief — but eliminate the March school election date. The bill now goes to Gov. Brad Little.
Statehouse roundup, 3.20.23: Library bill heads to Senate after two-hour debate
In other news, find updates on the private school tuition bill, university building projects and the “In God We Trust” bill.
Beyond the classroom: Educators turn schools into communities
Teachers are not required to shoulder extra responsibilities, but finding one who doesn’t would be nearly impossible.
Boise junior high social worker’s ‘inappropriate’ conduct with student was kept secret. How?
Social worker may have abused a student, principal is charged with not reporting it, and Boise school district hasn’t told parents.