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.
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.
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.
State Superintendent Sherri Ybarra’s top priority for next year is increasing educators’ pay in order to attract and retain teachers.
Revenue projections are critical because they establish the amount of money available for state programs — including public schools, the state’s largest annual expense.