2014 Idaho Legislature

State preps educators for new laws

140 Treasure Valley-area educators and administrators received a refresher course in the legislative session Tuesday. Forums continue in North Idaho this week.

Education news roundup: Wednesday, Feb. 26

The latest on employee grievances, State Board of Education vacancies — and a Boise student’s bill honoring the Idaho giant salamander.

Seventh grader introduces amphibian bill

For three years seventh-grader Ilah Hickman has pushed lawmakers to designate the Idaho giant salamander as the state’s official amphibian. On Friday, she had to debate the Senate’s No. 2 leader in hopes of having her bill printed.

Will school districts keep budget flexibility?

Districts have some say over how many teachers they hire — and the on-the-ground results vary widely,

Thayn: Find alternative to SBAC test

The multistate exam is geared to the new Idaho Core Standards. The questions about the exam come as the 2014 Legislature could be poised to take a second look at the standards themselves.

P.E. rule could get a makeover

The House subcommittee rejected a rule that would require 60 minutes of P.E. a week in grade school, and 200 minutes bi-weekly in middle school. Lawmakers are also skeptical of a rule to ramp up academic requirements for English teachers.

Supporters unveil pre-K pilot proposal

‘The case for preschool education is compelling,” said Rep. Hy Kloc, the bill’s sponsor.

Video: This week’s ‘Idaho Reports’

Get caught up on Week One of the Idaho Legislature — including a lot of discussion of education issues and election-year politics.

Pre-K bill gets some GOP backing

As Rep. Hy Kloc, D-Boise, continues his push for a pre-K pilot bill, he has gotten support from one Republican lawmaker, and Republican Ada County Sheriff Gary Raney.

Idaho Core showdown looms at Statehouse

On Jan. 22, experts on both sides of the Idaho Core Standards issue will answer citizens’ questions about the standards and help lawmakers dispel myths.