On Feb. 9, the House Education Committee deleted references to climate change from the science standards. Idaho’s current standards have been on the books since 2001.
The Secure Rural Schools program was worth $6.7 million to schools in Idaho timber country. Funding dried up nearly a year ago.
“Quality education is the cornerstone to our economy and to maintaining a livable city,” Mayor Dave Bieter said, in support of the $172.5 million bond issue.
About 95 percent of callers voiced opposition to controversial education secretary nominee Betsy DeVos, Crapo aide Bryan Ricker said in an article in the Ontario, Ore., Argus Observer.
We need to show her that we are watching and will take action if she tries to violate our right to a public education,” student organizers said on a Facebook page promoting Thursday’s rally.
For years, some policymakers have pointed to Internet sales — and the growing e-commerce sector — as an untapped source of revenue for education and other state programs.
Wednesday’s 30-minute meeting is a bit of a formality. The committee is expected to continue working through 2017, and draw up recommendations for the 2018 Legislature.
The Boise district is seeking a $172.5 million bond issue on March 14.
Rep. Raul Labrador is among seven Republican co-sponsors of a bill to eliminate the department on Dec. 31, 2018.
President Trump’s choice for education secretary listed Idaho’s largest charter as having a graduation rate at 90 percent but it is actually 35.5 percent.