Kevin Richert and Sami Edge

State Board endorses full-day kindergarten

The board also dropped a college entrance exam requirement, OK’d a plan for spending $440 million in federal COVID aid and gave the green light to another cybersecurity degree.

McGeachin enters gubernatorial race

Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin’s entry into the gubernatorial race sets up a potential showdown, and clash of ideologies, in the May 2022 GOP primary. And education could be one focal point.

Amid COVID outbreak, Legislature calls a historic 18-day recess

The Legislature plans to reconvene on April 6. The news comes after at least six House members tested positive for coronavirus in the past week.

Legislative roundup, 3.18.21: Rural teacher certification bill held in committee

Also, one more member of the House Education Committee tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total up to three.

Legislative roundup, 3.17.21: Senators pass higher education budget

In other Statehouse news, senators keep the August school election date on the books, and a second House Education Committee member tests positive for coronavirus.

Legislative roundup, 3.16.21: New early education grant bill emerges

Two weeks after the House narrowly rejected the $6 million federal grant, the controversial proposal could come up for another vote. And in other Tuesday Statehouse news, a big tax cut bill heads to the House floor.

Legislative roundup, 3.15.21: Mask mandate ban heads to House; Clow absent with coronavirus

House Education Committee Chairman Lance Clow, R-Twin Falls, is at least the fourth legislator to contract coronavirus this legislative session.

Legislative roundup, 3.12.21: A reworked tax bill makes its debut

The $389.4 million proposal could set the stage for a late-session tax debate, with implications for school funding.

Legislative roundup, 3.4.21: House passes rural teacher hiring bill

The House also moved quickly Thursday to pass a bill to streamline school reporting requirements.