The lead player is the governor, who runs on education platforms and ultimately is judged according to the quality of the public schools.
Little is on the right track by making literacy a centerpiece of his agenda, and kudos to the superintendents for backing him. The effort is long overdue.
This is not going to be your typical election-year “caretaker” session, and maybe not an easy one for the governor.
IEA President: “Let’s create a picture of what we want our schools to look like and build a budget on making that happen.”
The No. 2 guy in Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ office visits the Gem State, and Idaho’s top education official was nowhere to be found. Mark her down for an “unexcused” absence.
I suspect that overall, Idahoans will be seeing competent, thoughtful and sane leadership from the top.
The state superintendent says voters should grade her on accomplishments.
Wilson has at least a fighting chance in this election — Ybarra has opened the door some.
If you are one who happens to think that the education establishment needs to be shaken up, then Russell Joki is your kind of guy. The new board member for the West Ada School District campaigned on the promise he would provide more scrutiny and accountability, and he has delivered.
The state superintendent makes a mistake by assuming she was elected to represent the views and wishes of educators. The superintendent, as with other state constitutional officers, is elected to represent the taxpayers and the education system as a whole.