The race for a Rexburg House seat is one in a batch of legislative matchups pitting hardliners against mainstream Republicans ahead of the May 17 Republican primary.
In the fight for the Republican nomination to be Idaho’s next schools chief, local GOP central committees have served as both battlegrounds and campaign allies.
Ybarra flexed her seven years in office, Critchfield struck at Ybarra’s lack of leadership, and Durst, again, portrayed himself as an outsider in the field.
Monday’s debate will offer them formal chances to spar, with one-minute rebuttals built into the first of the two hour-long faceoffs.
Administrators worry added funding won’t cover the cost of the state’s comparatively low-premium, high-benefit plan for all employees.
While the state’s default is to divide up K-12 funding based on average daily attendance, the State Board of Education — comprised mostly of Little appointees — has voted to temporarily switch the state over to enrollment-based funding in each of the last two school years to delink school funding from volatile pandemic-era attendance numbers.
The bill would change how early literacy funds are distributed to schools, and add new transparency requirements to supplemental levy elections.