Statehouse roundup, 2.20.15: Parental rights bill heads to House floor

House Bill 113 is one of two legislative measures that seek to assert parental rights in education choices.

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Senior reporter and blogger Kevin Richert specializes in education politics and education policy. He has more than 30 years of experience in Idaho journalism. He is a frequent guest on KIVI 6 On Your Side; "Idaho Reports" on Idaho Public Television; and "Idaho Matters" on Boise State Public Radio. Follow Kevin on Twitter: @KevinRichert. He can be reached at [email protected]

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Broadband roundup: the 2.20.15 edition (w/video)

  A few quick hits on the ever-evolving Idaho Education Network saga:   Senate vote Monday. The Senate will take up the short-term broadband bailout bill Monday morning. House Bill 168 would earmark $3.6 million to reimburse school districts for short-term broadband contracts. The bill passed the House Thursday on a 68-1 vote. Coeur d’Alene goes…

Kevin Richert

About Kevin Richert

Senior reporter and blogger Kevin Richert specializes in education politics and education policy. He has more than 30 years of experience in Idaho journalism. He is a frequent guest on KIVI 6 On Your Side; "Idaho Reports" on Idaho Public Television; and "Idaho Matters" on Boise State Public Radio. Follow Kevin on Twitter: @KevinRichert. He can be reached at [email protected]

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Stakeholders make push for school funding

Public testimony supports increased funding for teacher salaries, professional development and restoring cuts to operations funding for districts.

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Teachers labor for choices beyond the union

The Legislature has done some fine work in recent years to get the schools less beholden to labor union demands and more accountable to their local communities. But it could do so much more, and it should.

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About Cindy Omlin

Cindy Omlin is the executive director of Northwest Professional Educators, an organization that provides teacher liability insurance, legal services, and support. NWPE offers teachers in Washington, Idaho, and Oregon an alternative to joining a union.

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