Episode 33: Trustees talk about the job, and what keeps them coming back

In Idaho — and across the nation — school trustees are facing a challenging moment in time.

The pandemic and the national backlash over critical race theory and social-emotional learning have placed school boards under a microscope.

What keeps volunteer trustees on the job?

For this week’s podcast, Kevin Richert sat down for a roundtable conversation with three Idaho trustees: Jason Knopp from Melba, Marisela Pesina from Caldwell and Karen Pyron from Butte County.

Also, check out our Soundcloud page for other recent podcasts:

  • Episode 32: Mapping Idaho’s changing election landscape (Guest, Clark Corbin, Idaho Capital Sun)
  • Episode 31: Talking about this week’s school board elections (Guest, Idaho EdNews reporter Blake Jones)
  • Episode 30: Meet Idaho’s teacher of the year (Guest, Todd Knight, Crossroads Middle School, Meridian)
Kevin Richert

Kevin Richert

Senior reporter and blogger Kevin Richert specializes in education politics and education policy. He has more than 30 years of experience in Idaho journalism. He is a frequent guest on "Idaho Reports" on Idaho Public Television and "Idaho Matters" on Boise State Public Radio. Follow Kevin on Twitter: @KevinRichert. He can be reached at [email protected]

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