State Policy

Statehouse roundup, 2.22.24: Senate kills library bill

INSIDE: New bill would allow school boards to shutter libraries; lawmakers consider creating a new office of early childhood

As immunization numbers drop, school officials warily watch the Legislature

For years, vaccination rates have been declining, in schools across Idaho. Some school officials say the 2024 Legislature could make matters worse.

Statehouse roundup, 2.21.24: Constitutional amendment would lower school bond threshold

Also, the Senate passed bills banning campus diversity statements and revising school board quorum measures.

Statehouse roundup, 2.20.24: School leaders back $2 billion facilities bill but ‘temper expectations’

In other news, Superintendent Debbie Critchfield pitched short-term and long-term K-12 funding fixes.

Analysis: A Legislature scorned demands to be heard on the Phoenix purchase

It’s going to be a Statehouse showdown. And one the University of Idaho and the State Board of Education could have seen coming.

Lawmakers threaten lawsuit to stop Phoenix purchase

The resolution sets up a high-stakes political showdown — pitting lawmakers against Gov. Brad Little and the State Board of Education, who support the Phoenix purchase.

U of I accreditors complete review of Phoenix purchase

Accreditors did not weigh in on the merits — or the financial implications — of the $685 million purchase. The U of I says the completed review brings the deal “one step closer” to the finish line.

Statehouse roundup, 2.12.24: Despite opposition, latest library bill heads to Senate floor

Also, budget-setting for higher education starts with community colleges and House Republicans name a new majority leader.

House Democratic leader will not seek re-election

Instead, Rep. Lauren Necochea says she will concentrate on her role as state chair of the Idaho Democratic Party.

Statehouse roundup, 2.9.24: House passes education ‘maintenance’ budgets

INSIDE: New bill would beef-up school bullying reporting requirements.