Two chances to learn about school elections — and education politics

If you want to get up to speed on the March 14 school elections in the Treasure Valley — and the politics of the 2017 legislative session, you have two good opportunities.

Thursday: The City Club of Boise will host a superintendents’ roundtable forum. Boise superintendent Don Coberly, West Ada superintendent Mary Ann Ranells and Kuna superintendent Wendy Johnson will speak.

All three districts will take ballot measures to their voters on March 14, part of a big $715 million school election day across the state. But the superintendents will also take audience questions on other education topics, so bring your best questions to the forum.

The luncheon forum will take place from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at the Grove Hotel in Boise. The registration deadline is Tuesday; click here to sign up.

(Full disclosure: I chair the City Club’s forums committee, so I had a role in helping to organize Thursday’s forum.)

Friday: Idaho Education News and the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce are teaming up to host Donuts & Democracy, a panel discussion on education topics.

Our panel includes Coberly; Karen Echeverria, executive director of the Idaho School Boards Association; Sen. Janie Ward-Engelking, D-Boise, a retired teacher who sits on the Senate Education Committee and the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee; and Clark Corbin, a reporter with Idaho Education News. I’ll be moderating.

This forum runs from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Yanke Family Research Park, 220 E. Parkcenter Blvd. For more information, click here.

This event is free and open to the public. Free donuts and coffee will be available.