Day 35: Watching legislation

State superintendent Debbie Critchfield kicked off her week with a one-on-one meeting with her chief of staff, Greg Wilson, before heading to the Statehouse to sit in on Monday morning’s House Education Committee meeting, where she watched Rep. James Petzke, R-Meridian, introduce a piece of legislation the two have collaborated on over the past month.

Critchfield spoke with Rep. Greg Lanting, R-Twin Falls, after Monday’s committee meeting.

The bill involves one of the main tenets of Critchfield’s campaign — financial literacy. If passed, the policy would require schools to teach financial literacy to high schoolers to better prepare them to manage their own personal finances after graduating.

The committee voted unanimously to send the bill to print.

For more on the financial literacy bill, read Monday’s Statehouse roundup.

While at the Statehouse, Critchfield stopped by an Early Literacy Day event, before holding back-to-back meetings — first her weekly meeting with education stakeholders, followed by meetings with Elevate Academy co-founder Monica White and Rep. Britt Raybould, R-Rexburg.

Monday evening, she’ll attend the Nez Perce legislative reception, and hold a dinner meeting with Dr. Brook Blevins, dean of the College of Education at the University of Idaho.

Sadie Dittenber

Sadie Dittenber

Reporter Sadie Dittenber focuses on K-12 policy and politics. She is a College of Idaho graduate, born and raised in the Treasure Valley. You can follow Sadie on Twitter @sadiedittenber and send her news tips at [email protected].

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