Only 37% of the state’s high school graduates went straight to college last fall — the lowest rate since at least 2014. State Board of Education officials aren’t exactly sure what happened.
MORE INSIDE: The Senate Education Committee passed a bill designed to upgrade school employees’ health insurance, and two scholarship proposals were introduced.
Inside: Idaho’s four-year schools will probably have to increase tuition next year — in order to cover employee raises, limit staff turnover and compete with the private sector.
Legislative budget-writers spent two hours on the state superintendent’s K-12 budget request. Election-year politics — and a record-setting $1.9 billion surplus — will complicate their job.
One lawmaker looks to force the hand of the State Board of Education in adopting rewritten school standards. Two others try to reconfigure the procedures that follow trustee recalls.