In the Panhandle, a trustee’s race plays out under a national spotlight

Candidate David J. Reilly, a 13-month resident of Post Falls, has drawn criticism over his far-right ties and anti-Semitic rhetoric. Third-generation resident Jake Dawson is touting his own conservative credentials. Voters will decide Tuesday.

Republican lawmakers call for ISBA to shed national affiliation

Idaho’s lobbying group for trustees says it has distanced itself from the National School Boards Association, but will not end the relationship — at least for now.

Blackfoot targets learning loss among Native students

Students from nearby Fort Hall make up a large portion of the East Idaho districts student population — and its new plan to counter learning loss from the pandemic.

Race, masks and equity contour Nampa School Board election

As three candidates run campaigns on their opposition to critical race theory and pandemic protocols, their opponents are preaching equity and decrying district achievement gaps.

Budget committee briefed on $40 million schools can spend on COVID spikes, staff shortages

Another $5 million in federal funding may become available to schools by November.

COVID protocols, indoctrination claims hover over East Idaho trustee elections

From Pocatello to Sugar City, candidates are weighing in ahead of the Nov. 2 election on masks in schools and claims of critical race theory being taught in classrooms.

Budget-writers return to work — and take a first look at 2022’s big decisions

The Legislature’s powerful budget-writing committee took a first look at K-12 and higher education budget proposals, and glossed over a small but politically sensitive request from Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin.

West Ada plans to reverse learning loss with federal cash

School leaders are in the process of hiring instructional coaches, seeking on-demand tutoring for students and buying laptops with the money provided by the American Rescue Plan.

Idaho’s track record does not bode well for COVID-19 vaccination rollout for kids

“We’re not selling soap here,” Dr. Steven Nemerson of the Saint Alphonsus Health System told reporters Tuesday. “We’re selling well-being. And we want to sell the truth and people have to be able to trust us.”

Blackfoot breaks ground on multi-faceted project

A new elementary school, career-technical high school and other facilities are slated for the 2022-23 school year.