Day 40: The science of reading

State superintendent Debbie Critchfield kicked off Monday at the Statehouse to support Rep. James Petzke, who presented House Bill 92 on the House floor. The bill — which Petzke and Critchfield collaborated on — would require financial literacy courses for all public high schools across the state. It passed unanimously and is now headed to the Senate.

She held her weekly meeting with education stakeholders, and conducted a one-on-one meeting with her Chief of Staff Greg Wilson before heading to a meeting with Brian Darcy, superintendent of the Idaho School for the Deaf and Blind.

Critchfield also furthered her research into the “science of reading” during a Monday meeting with representatives from Reading Horizons — a Utah-based reading curriculum developer. Throughout her campaign, the now superintendent focused on the science of reading as a tool to improve low K-3 literacy scores, and has repeated this stance during her presentations to lawmakers.

Following her curriculum meeting, she held another one-on-one with Chief Deputy Superintendent Ryan Cantrell.

She finished off Monday with Rep. Judy Boyle, R-Midvale, and Tim Frost, Deputy Division Administrator for the Idaho Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing, to talk about school facilities reporting.

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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