Kevin Richert and Blake Jones

Statehouse roundup, 2.7.22: Education grants bill sails through Senate committee

MORE INSIDE: Dyslexia screening, career-technical education funding and STEM-school designation surfaced at the Statehouse Monday.

Statehouse roundup, 2.4.2022: Feds could feed another $74 million into school lunch program

INSIDE: Legislation expanding scholarship eligibility, creating a charter building fund and making a teacher pay change all moved forward Friday.

Statehouse roundup, 2.1.22: New anti-mask mandate bill surfaces

Also, the House State Affairs recycled a proposal to require school districts and other local governments to wait before rerunning a failed bond issue.

Statehouse roundup, 1.31.22: Liebich defends schools against ‘vocal minority’s’ criticisms

MORE INSIDE: The Senate Education Committee passed a bill designed to upgrade school employees’ health insurance, and two scholarship proposals were introduced.

Statehouse roundup, 1.27.22: Improving the grad rate is ‘a moral imperative,’ Satterlee says

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.

Statehouse roundup, 1.26.22: Community colleges make their budget pitch

Meanwhile, in the House Education Committee, college and universities seek to head off another critical race theory debate.

Statehouse roundup, 1.25.22: Tromp gets grilled on social-justice spending

The debate that defined the 2021 higher education budget battle took center stage again Tuesday.

Statehouse roundup, 1.24.22: Fund for school staff health insurance clears House

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.

Profane exchange between Republicans follows rejection of parental rights bill

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.

Statehouse roundup, 1.18.22: Deadlocked committee kills parental freedom bill

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.”