State Policy

Higher ed seeks $7.8 million to address inflation, pay raises

The line items appear in budget requests to Gov. Brad Little’s office. Over the next several months, Little and legislators will sort out next year’s state budgets.

Three U.S. senators urge U of I to ditch Phoenix purchase

Sens. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn, Richard Durbin, D-Ill., and Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., say the purchase threatens the U of I’s financial health — and the U of I’s good name.

Parental panel opposes using grants for private school tuition

While nonbinding, the vote from a parental advisory panel foreshadows a school choice debate that appears almost certain to resurface during the 2024 legislative session.

Analysis: Simplifying the funding formula will not be a simple task

State superintendent Debbie Critchfield wants to streamline the K-12 budget by getting rid of past-their-prime line items. That’s a lot tougher than it sounds.

Statewide safety tipline logs a surge in signups — and calls

In 2022-23, the tipline logged more than 460 calls. In 27 cases, students said they were worried about their own mental health, or the welfare of a classmate.

Labrador parcels out lawsuit, pushes back against State Board

The lineup change — and the counterclaim — came 11 days after a district judge disqualified Labrador from the closely watched open meetings case.

Critchfield seeks $92 million to plug school budget gap

The money would cover the move back to funding schools based on student attendance — a change endorsed by Gov. Brad Little.

Critchfield’s committee wraps up its work, for the time being

The hard work awaits. And that includes whether to base the K-12 budget on student attendance, or enrollment numbers.

The rare recall: the recent history

Since 2013, only three other Idaho trustee recall elections have succeded.

Analysis: Will Idaho Launch be a big hit? We’ll know soon enough.

But first, the state’s Workforce Development Council has its own senior project of sorts: working through a maze of process and a morass of questions.