Voices

Spend money where reform is needed

Victoria Young, a published author and practicing veterinarian, shares her ideas for improving education.

Capitol notes from the ISBA, Feb. 18

The Idaho School Boards Association had several education-related bills printed last week. Here is a list of those bills and a short synopsis of what they would do, including the fiscal impact.

Bills unfairly tilt the scales

The Idaho Legislature needs to follow its constitutional mandate and take responsibility for making sure districts have all the necessary operational funds.

ISBA Capitol Notes, Feb. 11

The ISBA, IEA and the IASA discussed seven pieces of education legislation and were only able to come to consensus on one. Here is the ISBA’s synopsis of what happened in those discussions and the outcome.

Help boards be fiscally responsible

New legislation is necessary for trustees to fulfill their fiscal responsibilities and ensure the solvency of their school districts.

Capitol Notes from the ISBA, Feb. 4

The Idaho School Boards Association clears up “misinformation” and outlines the differing objections/solutions to legislation between the ISBA and the Idaho Education Association.

Include early education in the debate

The Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children supports the inclusion of early education as a necessary piece in Idaho’s education debate.

A Q&A with a national reform expert

Joe Williams, the executive director of Democrats for Education Reform, shares his ideas for improving education. Williams will be in Boise on Tuesday for the ED Session 2.0 hot lunch series. His children attend public schools in New York.

Hold parents more accountable

A 30-year teacher and coach from North Idaho wants laws created that hold parents or guardians legally responsible and accountable for the behavior of their child.

Education budget is ‘depressing’

Sen. Dan Schmidt, a Democrat from North Idaho, says the details of the proposed education budget are unimaginative and depressing. Sen. Schmidt sits on the budget committee.