State Department of Education
The State Department of Education could not pursue a share of $241 million in federal grants, because it cannot use state dollars as a funding match. Idaho is one of only four states that does not fund pre-K, according to a new study.
The White House wants to mothball a program now serving 7,500 Idaho students. But for now at least, the state still has enough money to cover another round of grants.
Fewer than half of evaluations reviewed met all the criteria, according to a State Board of Education report issued Thursday. School leaders say they want better direction going forward. (INSIDE: short video clip of the “salient” point).
The state will keep its evaluation tool in place. For the past two years, the state has received and accepted inaccurate teacher evaluations data from districts, prompting lawmakers and the State Board of Education to take action.
Hitting the earlier of two federal deadlines will allow Idaho time and flexibility if the state plan is not deemed in compliance with the ESSA law.