With some luck, years of experiences and forging relationships with the right people, she compensated for a lack of higher education to land the job as ISBA's executive director in 2007 — all while supporting her children.
Halli Stone has long voiced her opposition to things like abortion and the Equal Rights Amendment. Today her fight is against bonds and levies for her children's schools. She's winning.
New State Board president aims to draw Idaho’s leaders back into consensus over education priorities
"If we don't have alignment with the Legislature on what's important, and they don't support it and fund it, we're not going to get anything done," said Kurt Liebich.
The controversial out-of-stater has influenced the addition of 12,000 public charter seats in Idaho. He plans to add thousands more, causing a disruption to traditional schools.
"I envision this day when people are calling our school district and saying, 'Hey, what are you guys doing and can we come visit and see the amazing things that are going on.'" said Derek Bub.
The key is keeping the infighting and ideological battles to a minimum, said Sen. Dave Lent, R-Idaho Falls, who brings a diverse resume to one of the most crucial assignments at the Statehouse.
Rep. Julie Yamamoto says she wants to create a collaborative environment in her committee as the members take up some of the most divisive issues in Idaho education, such as school choice.