Day 14: IEA lobby day

State superintendent Debbie Critchfield had a busy Monday, despite the State Department of Education’s holiday closure.

Critchfield spoke alongside State Board of Education president Kurt Liebich at 9 a.m. in front of the House Education Committee. She presented her top priorities for the 2023 legislative session and fielded questions from legislators.

The two education leaders gave the same presentation to the Senate Education Committee Monday afternoon.

Click here for EdNews’ full coverage of Monday’s House and Senate education committee meetings.

And Monday was the Idaho Education Association’s lobby day. Over 160 educators from across the state showed up to the Statehouse to talk to lawmakers and state leaders. Critchfield took the opportunity to talk with teachers, parents and lawmakers.

Debbie spoke with teachers, parents and lawmakers following Monday’s House Ed meeting.

After leaving the Statehouse, she met with education stakeholders at the State Board office, and attended an Idaho Education Association policymaker luncheon.

Monday afternoon, Critchfield attended a few budget meetings, further preparation for her budget presentation to JFAC next week. This evening, she plans to attend a legislative dinner hosted by Bluum — a charter school support group.  

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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