Idaho State Board of Education
With an infusion of federal cash — and a sense of urgency driven by a pandemic — the state is hoping to step up its digital higher education game.
It’s unclear how much state superintendent Sherri Ybarra’s lawyer has received. Former attorney general and lieutenant governor David Leroy has a contract worth up to $200,000.
The board continued to hold a two-hour meeting Monday, even though its live Facebook video stream failed. The stream was the only method available for the public to watch the meeting.
The one-year freeze affects in-state, undergraduate students at Boise State University, the University of Idaho, Idaho State University and Lewis-Clark State College. To balance the books, the four institutions will have to whittle millions of dollars out of their budgets.
Kurt Liebich had served on Little’s K-12 task force. This marks the second time Little has found a State Board appointee from his task force — bypassing more than three dozen applicants who turned in paperwork months earlier.
More than 6,000 college students will get a share of Idaho’s Opportunity Scholarship money this fall, up nearly 50 percent from a year ago. Some qualified students still are missing out.
First, the federal money will start rolling in. Then, by 2020, the state will need to turn in a plan for measuring success.