Kevin Richert and Clark Corbin

Idaho coronavirus update, 4.13.20: Pass/fail grading systems debate; stimulus funding update

Idaho colleges and universities don’t think using pass/fail grades this semester will have a big impact on admissions or scholarship decisions.

Idaho coronavirus update, 4.10.20: Federal stimulus will provide $56 million for Idaho higher education

The first wave of money — direct aid for students — could be on the way shortly.

With the door to schools still ajar, district leaders ponder their next steps

A State Board of Education decision will keep Idaho schools closed for now. But local administrators could have the option of reopening school later the spring. Reactions are mixed.

Statehouse roundup, 3.17.20: House breaks deadlock on higher ed budget

The movement on the budgets — especially the much-debated higher ed budget — brings the 2020 legislative session considerably closer to a conclusion.

Statehouse roundup, 3.16.20: House kills higher education budget again

“We are going to get serious about cutting budgets,” Rep. Brent Crane said.

Statehouse roundup, 3.12.20: Clow’s bill on SDE responsibilities is on hold, but debate remains unresolved

The debate could flare up again when the SDE office budget hits the House floor.

Statehouse roundup, 3.10.20: House Ed endorses standards interim committee

In other Statehouse news, the Senate amends the controversial transgender athletics bill.

Statehouse roundup, 3.9.20: Transgender athletics bill will get a rewrite

The amendments are likely to address the appeals process — one recurring point of contention during the emotional debate over House Bill 500.

Statehouse roundup, 3.5.20: House Education endorses letter urging standards replacement

In other news, senators approved several education related budgets.

Statehouse roundup, 3.4.20: Lawmakers work on a standards ‘wish list’

House and Senate members have been working behind the scenes on a list of recommendations for new academic standards. A draft of their letter went public Wednesday.