The “Weekend College Plus” program will be geared toward nontraditional students and Hispanic students, the Twin Falls Times-News reported.
“I don’t think government should be in the education business,” the executive director of the Idaho Freedom Foundation wrote Friday, in a guest opinion that ostensibly weighs in on the school funding formula rewrite.
Heading the schedule: Monday’s legislative budget hearing, as the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee draws up the 2019-20 budget requests for K-12.
Superintendent GwenCarol Holmes is the third administrator to question the list, which state superintendent Sherri Ybarra has touted in her push to expand Idaho’s mastery pilot.
The Idaho Center for Fiscal Policy issued a report Tuesday on the possible outcomes of a “noble goal.”
Here’s the schedule, as released Monday morning.
All told, tax collections for this budget year now sit $128.3 million short of projections. And against this backdrop, lawmakers will begin writing budgets for education and other state agencies.
Idaho students can take Advanced Placement exams — at taxpayer expense. Still, the percentage of Idaho students passing an AP test remains mired at No. 39 nationally.
It won’t take long to see how Tuesday’s ruling, and sluggish tax collections, affect the budget-writing process.
The issue received a one-sentence mention Tuesday night. One topic did not: the fate of the “Dreamers,” students and adults in the United States under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
“The biggest issue, I feel, is the gun-free school zones are a soft target for would-be shooters,” Rep. Chad Christensen, R-Ammon told Nathan Brown of the Idaho Falls Post Register.
Want to catch up on school safety issues and the K-12 funding formula rewrite? Watch here.
Among the items on the schedule: a two-hour meeting to review the draft of the bill to overhaul Idaho’s school funding formula.
Barring the unexpected, the state will add the meningitis vaccine to its list of immunization guidelines.
If passed, the bill would assign professional consultants to schools or districts that commit to a three-year improvement plan. But the bill is voluntary, and schools would have to opt in.
The state superintendent says she has up to 50 districts that want to experiment with mastery-based learning. At least one superintendent and one principal say they never approached the state about the idea.
Education Week examined the issue closely in a recent article. One factor: Many local administrators decided to put new state dollars into other needs — such as adding teachers, bringing back positions cut during the recession or plugging holes in pension funds.
Elementary school principal Wade Wilson will take over the top job on July 1, succeeding retiring Superintendent Wil Overgaard.
Fifty districts and schools are on the informal list — but it’s unclear how many of these schools are still interested in the concept.
The House Education Committee will hear the state superintendent explain her budget priorities, including her school safety plan.