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.
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.
A student just has to call a phone number where they can receive immediate crisis counseling, and set up an appointment with a local mental health professional.
The state’s four-year schools froze tuition and fees for 2020-21. Presidents have tied the prospect of another freeze to the higher education budget that comes out of the Legislature.
The largest of the state’s K-12 budget bills, the teacher pay bill, now goes back to the drawing board. Opponents want language restricting schools from addressing social justice topics in the classroom.