State Policy

New lawsuit challenges Idaho’s Blaine Amendment

The lawsuit argues that the state’s ban on taxpayer resources going to religious institutions unconstitutionally violates religious freedom and free speech rights.

Idaho’s share from a federal funding program declines

Idaho will receive $22.8 million from the Secure Rural Schools program, including $6.9 million for schools. But Idaho’s funding share decreased by about 7%, and it’s not clear why.

Report card: What Critchfield accomplished — and didn’t — this session

Critchfield accomplished one of her top priorities but others fizzled after failing to garner support among lawmakers.

Freeman resigning as State Board director

The longtime executive director’s resignation sets the stage for what could be a politically charged hiring process.

Libraries now face a complex question: What’s ‘harmful’ to minors?

“Until it’s litigated — and it’ll probably be litigated at some point — we don’t really know where we’re at,” one library director said.

Analysis: The Mike Moyle session offers a possible preview for 2025

The House speaker got almost everything he wanted in 2024, and minces no words about work left unfinished. “I still think that the school choice issue is not going away. … I assure you that something will happen next year.”

Governor signs library bill, school facilities ‘trailer’ as session adjourns

Libraries hosting material considered “harmful” to minors could face a $250 statutory fine.

Little signs pronouns bill

The bill bars teachers from referring to a student by a name or pronoun that doesn’t align with their birth sex, unless the teacher has parental consent.

Statehouse roundup, 4.3.24: Library bill heads to governor’s desk, as Legislature recesses

The library votes came on a fitful and confrontational 87th day of the legislative session, as lawmakers scramble to finish their work for 2024.

Statehouse roundup, 3.29.24: Pronouns bill advances as session extends into next week

Also, the House approved three public school budgets, including one with $215 million meant for property tax relief.