Kevin Richert and Blake Jones
MORE INSIDE: Dyslexia screening, career-technical education funding and STEM-school designation surfaced at the Statehouse Monday.
INSIDE: Legislation expanding scholarship eligibility, creating a charter building fund and making a teacher pay change all moved forward Friday.
Also, the House State Affairs recycled a proposal to require school districts and other local governments to wait before rerunning a failed bond issue.
MORE INSIDE: The Senate Education Committee passed a bill designed to upgrade school employees’ health insurance, and two scholarship proposals were introduced.
Idaho State University president minced no words about his school’s graduation rate — the lowest of the state’s public four-year universities — when speaking to lawmakers.
Inside: Idaho’s four-year schools will probably have to increase tuition next year — in order to cover employee raises, limit staff turnover and compete with the private sector.
Capitol police interceded twice between the exchanges involving state superintendent’s candidate Branden Durst, co-sponsor of a failed parental rights bill, and state Sen. Jim Woodward, one of the bill’s opponents.
Co-authored by Republican state superintendent’s candidate Branden Durst, the Idaho Parental Freedom in Education Act said parental rights “are not granted by the government, but are divinely given.”