2015 Idaho Legislature

Of salamanders and diapers …

In a quick about-face, the House State Affairs Committee has endorsed a Boise eighth-grader’s bill honoring the Idaho giant salamander.

Parental rights bill heads for Senate rewrite

Two bills, both asserting parental rights in education, are under consideration in the Senate.

Broadband contractors file tort claims against state

The project’s lead contractor, Education Networks of America, is seeking about $6 million. State officials have 90 days to respond to the companies’ claims.

JFAC zeroes out Idaho Education Network budget

The broadband contract turmoil should not prevent any seniors from completing graduation requirements, according to new data.

JFAC puts public school budget on hold for week

The delay comes as the House Education Committee continues to wrestle with a teacher career ladder bill.

Analysis: Fault lines in the career ladder debate

The teacher pay plan has left education stakeholders divided — and Statehouse decision makers could be split along similar lines.

An emotional hearing on career ladder, Storified

A House committee spent Tuesday morning discussing the controversial $125 million career ladder bill. Catch the highlights.

Local broadband contracts should save state $1.3 million

A $3.6 million bailout bill should easily cover broadband costs for the rest of the school year, according to new numbers from the State Department of Education.

Professor: Teacher shortage forces schools to scramble

The news comes as a key vote looms on a teacher career ladder salary plan.

Legislative roundup, 3.9.2015: labor law, tax credits, civics, etc.

House Ed takes up pair of two-year-old labor bills that were set to expire this summer.