State Policy

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.

What will happen, and won’t happen, when the funding formula committee meets Thursday

State superintendent Debbie Critchfield is tempering expectations, at least in the short run.