State Policy

Analysis: As the session winds down (we hope), lawmakers wrestle big questions about Phoenix

The Statehouse Phoenix debate is rapidly unfolding, in the hurried final few weeks of the session and the outcome could represent one of the biggest decisions of the 2024 session.

Statehouse roundup, 3.7.24: Late-session school choice push in motion

In other business, a Senate committee approves a plan to tighten the Idaho Launch program.

Statehouse roundup, 3.6.24: Bill would block schools from touting tax relief

In other Statehouse news, budget-writers hear a pitch for new student cottages at the Idaho School for the Deaf and the Blind.

Critchfield pledges May decision on 4-day school week minimum days

School leaders are eagerly awaiting the new standards that would be imposed on districts receiving state facilities funds.

School facilities bill advances. Here’s what it would do for various districts

Lawmakers questioned a metric that divides school facilities funding based on attendance. Large, urban districts will get far more than smaller, rural districts regardless of needs.

Statehouse roundup, 3.5.24: House votes to slow the Phoenix purchase

INSIDE: Bills on civics, sex education are advancing. while a bill creating an early childhood office has stalled.

Statehouse roundup, 3.4.24: Critchfield budget presentation sheds light on attendance funding gap

INSIDE: Lawmakers approve a Holocaust teaching resolution and a bill banning classroom flags.

Statehouse roundup, 2.28.24: Green defends Phoenix purchase in tense committee hearing

INSIDE: House committee advances bill to create regional appointments to the State Board of Education.

Statehouse roundup, 2.27.24: University presidents ask lawmakers to fully fund employee pay

Additional salary funding would help attract new faculty and keep tuition stable, they said.

Statehouse roundup, 2.23.24: House approves sweeping school facilities plan

Also, the budget committee advanced a $70.8 million request to fund Idaho Launch grants