Day 8: House Education Committee’s first meeting

On the first full day of the 2023 Idaho Legislature, state superintendent Debbie Critchfield was at the Capitol to attend the first meeting of the House Education Committee.

The House committee — chaired by former educator Rep. Julie Yamamoto — will take charge of introducing and pushing forward the bulk of education-related policies this session.

Of the 17-member committee, eight lawmakers are new to the Idaho Legislature due to turnover in districts across the state.

Tuesday’s meeting was organizational.

Critchfield planned to attend the first meeting of the Senate Education Committee, too, but the committee canceled its Tuesday and Wednesday meetings.

To round out her day, the new superintendent held a State Department of Education communications meeting, met with Idaho Career and Technical Education Administrator Clay Long, and interviewed with KBOI about Gov. Brad Little’s budget proposal, announced Monday during his State of the State and Budget Address.

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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