Allen Humble, a retiree who worked in hospital management, is the first Democrat to file paperwork in the state superintendent’s race.
“We are clearly generating more interest among high school seniors in thinking about college, but we have more work to do to ensure they actually enroll and graduate,” said Matt Freeman of the State Board of Education.
Lt. Gov. Brad Little’s three-page education plan unveils a few new wrinkles, sidesteps a couple of touchy topics — and works in a few digs at his political opposition.
A fourth-grade class wants the huckleberry pie designated the state’s dessert. But some lawmakers have no appetite for the idea.
“The president’s budget request expands education freedom for America’s families while protecting our nation’s most vulnerable students,” Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said. But the proposal puts two popular programs on the chopping block.
The Republican representative does not want public dollars spent politicking for or against ballot measures. This time around, the Idaho School Boards Association supports his bill.
Donors to the fledgling Idaho First PAC include the father of gubernatorial candidate Tommy Ahlquist, and the board chairman of the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation, the Associated Press reported Thursday.
In other news Wednesday, Gov. Butch Otter’s office unveils its latest bill to create an “adult completer” college scholarship for older students.
Paulette Jordan had been splitting her time between campaigning and serving in the House. In other news, a former House Democratic leader is backing Boise school trustee A.J. Balukoff’s gubernatorial campaign.
In 2016-17, 27,859 junior and senior high school students took college-level classes. But students of color and students in poverty are less likely to take advantage of the state’s program.
Steven Cook is deputy superintendent in the 68,000-student Douglas County School District in suburban Denver. He will assume the top job in Coeur d’Alene on July 1.
Idaho Education News contacted both Republican campaigns about their lackluster 2017 fundraising numbers.
Rep. Heather Scott, R-Blanchard, wants school districts and local governments to have to wait a year before running a failed bond issue or levy.
In an interview with the Idaho State Journal, ISU President Arthur Vailas instead touts the potential to partner with the fledgling College of Eastern Idaho.
The $769,500 proposal could help streamline higher education operations, University of Idaho President Chuck Staben said. But the details need to be cleared up. “I think we have to work out exactly what that initiative looks like.”
Rep. Julie VanOrden wants to rewrite a sex education law that hasn’t been updated since 1970. And Rep. Ron Nate wants Idaho to say no to federal K-12 money … gradually.
“Higher education, whether we like it or not, has to evolve as a business,” the retiring Idaho State University president told the Senate Education Committee Wednesday afternoon.
Idaho’s higher education spending has increased by 33 percent in five years, according to research released this week. Only eight states reported larger increases.
As a state legislator, Republican gubernatorial candidate Raul Labrador supported creating the Idaho Education Network. He blames “pay to play” politics for the project’s demise.
GwenCarol Holmes, Blaine County’s superintendent since 2014, will stay on through 2021.