Kevin’s Podcast

Episode 29: Trustee turmoil, and school board elections

In parts of the state. school board elections are becoming more heated, more expensive — and maybe more partisan. And yet, other trustees are resigning midterm, as school boards come under close community scrutiny. Idaho Education News writers Blake Jones and Kevin Richert break it all down in this week’s podcast. Also, check out our…

Episode 28: COVID-19 and children’s health, an inside look

The trends and the numbers are clear. As the delta variant has taken hold in Idaho, children’s coronavirus cases have soared to record levels. But what does that mean for children’s health? And if 5- to 11-year-olds can get the vaccine within a few weeks, will that make a difference? To get some answers, we…

Episode 27: Reclaim Idaho’s $300 million education vision

Reclaim Idaho, the architect of the 2018 Medicaid expansion initiative, has a $300 million K-12 plan. This week, Kevin Richert interviews Reclaim co-founder Luke Mayville about its plan to increase income tax rates and plow the proceeds into education funding. Also, check out our Soundcloud page for other recent podcasts: Episode 26: The present, and…

Episode 25: An interview with Marlene Tromp

Less than two weeks into fall semester, Boise State University officials said a surge in coronavirus cases threatened in-person learning and campus events. Classrooms remain open. And Albertsons Stadium remains open to football fans. Where do things stand, going forward? This week on the Kevin Richert Podcast, Boise State University President Marlene Tromp talks about…

Episode 24: A challenging start for West Ada’s Derek Bub

Derek Bub took over as West Ada School District superintendent on July 1 — just in time for the latest and most severe surge of the coronavirus to wreak havoc on school reopening plans. This week on the Kevin Richert Podcast, Bub explains his decision to reinstate a mask mandate, the politics of pandemic protocols…

Episode 23: A conversation about crisis and opportunity, with the IEA

This week, Idaho Education Association Executive Director Paul Stark and IEA President Layne McInelly join Kevin Richert for the podcast. They talk about the fall school reopening during the current pandemic surge. They discuss the political pushback over education, and Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin’s education task force. And they talk about Idaho’s $1.4 billion surplus,…

Episode 22: Discussing Idaho’s COVID-19 crisis, with Dr. David Pate

It’s been a full — and unsettling — week of coronavirus headlines. To put the news into perspective, retired St. Luke’s health care system CEO Dr. David Pate (@drpatesblog) returns to the Kevin Richert Podcast this week. He talks about the delta variant, the health risks for kids, the response from school boards — and…

Episode 21: A tumultuous summer in the Boise School District

On July 12, with coronavirus infection rates slowing across Idaho, Boise school trustees lifted the district’s mask mandate. Twenty-two days later — and before school could even reopen — trustees reversed course. With case numbers rising, they reinstated the mask mandate on Aug. 3. To discuss this turbulent process, and other issues in the state’s…

Episode 20: Charter schools, and the challenges of growth

Idaho’s charter schools — now at 81 and counting — serve about a tenth of the state’s K-12 students. The debate is not about whether charters are here to stay. It’s now a debate about managing the growth, and serving a diverse student community. Idaho Education News’ Devin Bodkin recently looked at the state of…