Our grand plans for covering the elections

It’s primary election season and we’re committing resources, time and space on our home page to give you the best information possible on the candidates and their views on education issues.

We’ll provide exceptional coverage on the state superintendent of public instruction race. We are traveling the state to produce in-depth profiles on the four Republican candidates who will square off in the May 20 primary. The profiles will answer:

  • Why they are running
  • Their experience and background
  • Their ideas about how to lead the State Department
  • Their thoughts on Idaho public education

We’ll ask the candidate to fill out a questionnaire on our most pressing education issues, such as Idaho Core Standards, testing and more.  We also are offering candidates the opportunity to write for our “Voices” section where they can say, in their own words, what their vision is for Idaho education.

Finally, we’ll be there for debates. The Boise City Club is hosting a lunch forum on May 5 and all four candidates have agreed to attend. We’re helping moderate an Idaho Public Television debate later that week on May 8. Find complete coverage of both of those events and others on our website.

While the superintendent’s race is our primary focus, we also will cover other statewide contests and legislative races from an education angle. We’ll ask the gubernatorial candidates about their education platform and we’ll ask for the candidates for state secretary about their thoughts on sitting on the Land Board.

Idaho Education News and Idaho Business for Education are partnering on an online voter guide. We’re asking every contested candidate to answer a handful of education-related questions and that resource will be available to you in April.

Please let us know if you have questions you’d like us to ask the candidates. Also let us know if you have suggestions or ideas for better coverage.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Swindell, Kevin Richert, Clark Corbin