State Department of Education

Ybarra’s office misses deadline for submitting compliance plan to State Board

SDE officials say the new timeline won’t affect a March deadline to submit the compliance plan to the federal government.

Reform group praises a piece of Idaho’s accountability plan

Idaho’s proposal contains three components to protect the needs of high-achieving high school students, the Thomas H. Fordham Institute said in a report issued Tuesday.

Ybarra says she serves to support, not police

Ultimately, Ybarra, the seven appointed members of the State Board of Education, Gov. Butch Otter and the Legislature all have some responsibility for public schools and student achievement.

Trustees learn about Idaho’s developing education policies

The State Board of Education and the State Department of Education held information workshops during the annual trustees convention.

Bullying data remains unavailable

Officials at the State Department of Education say they are still collecting and verifying information from districts and charters.

Education groups say they were shunned by the State Department of Education

Two leaders of associations that include hundreds of trustees and thousands of teachers say they were not consulted for the drafting of a school accountability plan designed to comply with new federal laws.

Idaho’s ESSA draft plan isn’t done yet, but it’s close

The State Department of Education will hold a series of five forums to gain feedback on its draft plan. The forums begin Tuesday night when the plan will be officially unveiled.

Ybarra’s new policy officer isn’t employed by the state of Idaho

Duncan Robb is employed by an out-of-state temporary employment agency, DePaul Industries, which received a no-bid contract from the State Department of Education.

Lawmakers: It’s time to review fund balances

The state won’t likely mandate what districts and charter schools can save, leaving that decision to local control. But two lawmakers say the state could offer some guidance.

Education groups react to Ybarra’s budget proposal

Education associations said funding for teacher pay, a boost in discretionary spending, support for classified staff and training for teachers are important budget priorities next year.