2017 Legislature

Eastern Idahoans rail against changes to science standards

Just five patrons showed up Thursday night in Idaho Falls to voice concerns about the state’s embattled K-12 science standards. But their stance was clear.

East Idaho superintendents oppose electioneering bill

School administrators say they already avoid publicly advocating for bond issues or levies, and that the Nampa Republican’s bill could strangle efforts to share basic information with patrons prior to already-strapped elections.

Funding formula committee will meet — briefly

Wednesday’s 30-minute meeting is a bit of a formality. The committee is expected to continue working through 2017, and draw up recommendations for the 2018 Legislature.

Ybarra makes formal pitch to increase school funding by 6.7 percent

State Superintendent Sherri Ybarra’s top priority for next year is increasing educators’ pay in order to attract and retain teachers.

Ybarra pledges to work closely with Legislature

The House Education Committee held its first meeting under new Chairwoman Julie VanOrden on Wednesday.

State of the State address: Otter says Idaho is resurgent

On Monday, Gov. Butch Otter outlined a plan to increase public school funding by 6.4 percent next year.

Financial experts offer optimistic budget outlook

Revenue projections are critical because they establish the amount of money available for state programs — including public schools, the state’s largest annual expense.

VanOrden promoted to chairwoman of House Education

The Blackfoot-area Republican is a former school board member who is beginning her third term in the Legislature.

State surplus projected at $64.5 million

It’s two months into the 2016-17 budget year, but it looks like a robust surplus could be waiting for legislators when they convene in January.