State Policy

Statehouse roundup, 1.11.24: Complex charter bill debuts, Blaine repeal comes back

The charter school overhaul bill will likely get a full public hearing — but not right away.

Budget lawmakers dig into the details of governor’s education spending plans

One looming debate involves a familiar issue: the K-12 funding formula. 

Launch applications: How they stack up by legislative district

Seeking to build Statehouse support for Idaho Launch, Gov. Brad Little’s office has crunched the application numbers by legislative district. Here’s what the numbers say.

Analysis: Seeking to build a K-12 legacy, Little could face a Statehouse showdown

He presented an ambitious plan to replace and repair aging schools, but he expressed no interest in anything that falls under the loose rubric of “school choice.” That sets up an election-year fight — over dollars and emphasis.

The ’24 Legislature, the prelude to elections: It all kicks off Monday

Gov. Brad Little’s State of the State address will set the tone for a legislative session that’s likely to run until at least late March.

Little touts big Launch numbers, but some lawmakers remain skeptical

More than half of Idaho’s 24,000 seniors applied for the grants, which will pay up to $8,000 for college or job training.

Analysis: Higher ed faces a turbulent legislative session

A tense 2024 legislative session — and the warmup to an intense May primary — could put higher education under increased scrutiny.

K-12 schools could see $162 million in cuts from attendance-based formula

Find out how the formula change will affect your school district.

EXCLUSIVE: ‘The dollar store of higher education:’ Skeptics say the Phoenix purchase would cheapen the U of I brand

Emails are the closest the public got to a public hearing on the University of Idaho’s proposal. EdNews spoke to six people who spoke up against the $685 million megadeal in May — hours before the State Board signed on.

EXCLUSIVE: Two days in May: Inside the frenzied rush to approve — and oppose — the Phoenix purchase

Idaho Education News reviewed emails to and from State Board of Education members, obtained through a public records request. The unearthed emails provide a narrative of the 24 hours leading up to the State Board’s approval of the University of Idaho’s purchase of the University of Phoenix.