House passes another charter school bill

For the second time in as many days, the Idaho House passes a significant charter school bill. This one would allow Idaho colleges, universities and some nonprofits to authorize new charter schools.

Statehouse roundup, 3.6.13

Open contract negotiations, kindergarten visits, funding for the Idaho Digital Learning Academy. And more. Here’s a look at Wednesday’s legislative action on education issues.

Election bill: Retooling or retribution?

Republicans on a key Senate committee OK’d a bill to tighten Idaho initiative and referendum rules — and said the Students Come First repeal had nothing to do with their vote.

Reform advocate: Idaho can be rural leader

Citing test scores and college graduation rates, Andy Smarick said reform is needed in Idaho.

School safety bill will be amended

As written, Sen. Marv Hagedorn’s bill would require local school boards to work with sheriffs on safety and security plans.

Three rewritten labor bills resurface

The Idaho School Boards Association presents a third version of labor bills — and a bill eliminating the teacher early retirement program heads to the House floor.

Charter facilities bill passes House

Some conservatives and a dozen Democrats opposed it, but a $1.4 million charter school facilities bill is on its way to the Senate.

Statehouse roundup, 3.4.13

Beyond the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee’s K-12 budget hearing, Monday was a busy day on the education front. Here’s a roundup.

JFAC approves 2.2 percent K-12 budget increase

Legislative budget writers have approved a $1,308,365,400 public schools budget — a 2.2 percent increase for 2013-14.

DeMordaunt touts Idaho Leads Project for Common Core

Idaho Leads Project co-director Roger Quarles will offer presentations Monday to the House and Senate education committees.