2016 Idaho Legislature

Innovation schools grant applications trickle in

The State Board of Education has four applications in hand. The state has money to fund 10 grants.

Scholarship bill becomes law — despite Otter’s concerns

Rep. Ryan Kerby pushed the $1 million scholarship program, saying it will encourage more students to stay in Idaho for college.

Analysis: The final score on Ybarra’s legislative proposals

Ybarra succeeded in her efforts to raise teacher pay and reverse recession-era cuts, but she struck out on proposals to launch a rural schools center and increase qualifications to run for her office.

This time, Otter signs student mobility bill

The law will provide $1 million to a handful of alternative and virtual schools. Otter vetoed a costlier student mobility bill in 2015.

Otter signs $8 million broadband settlement bill

The signing now gives legislative leaders money to try to resolve one element of the Idaho Education Network meltdown.

The K-12 funding debate: A new normal?

Why did this year’s K-12 budgets sail through the Legislature easily? And who were the Legislature’s top five K-12 budget hardliners? We have the answers.

Otter signs four K-12 budgets

The list includes bills to boost pay for teachers and school administrators.

Kevin Richert

Analysis: The Idaho Education Network battle gets personal

Gov. Butch Otter may have set out to tout next year’s K-12 budget increase — but his post-legislative session news conference escalated the tensions over Idaho’s failed high school broadband project.

Otter rips A.G.’s advice on broadband contract

Gov. Butch Otter says Attorney General Lawrence Wasden’s staff played a role in the decisions leading to the 7-year-old Idaho Education Network legal fiasco.

The 2016 session: What happened? And what didn’t happen?

Ten things you need to know about the legislative session that was. And six potential pieces of unfinished business.