This week, Logan Finney sits down the chairman of the Senate Education Committee, Sen. Dave Lent, and committee member Sen. Lori Den Hartog to talk about the $45 million dollar education savings account bill that made it through the committee.
Then, Kevin Richert of Idaho Education News and Kaye Thornbrugh of the Coeur d’Alene Press discuss a recent request that North Idaho College show concrete evidence its accreditation should not be revoked.
The House of Representatives passed a bill on Tuesday that would outlaw gender-affirming medical care for transgender minors. House Bill 71 would prohibit surgeries, hormone therapies and cross-sex medications, and providers of such care could face a ten year prison sentence. The bill moves on to the Senate following a 58-12 vote, with only Rep. Matt Bundy, R-Mountain Home, siding with the Democrats in opposition.
On Wednesday, following two days of lengthy testimony, the Senate Education Committee approved a bill to establish an education savings account program. Senate Bill 1038 would allow the parents of students not enrolled in the K-12 school system to access state education funding that typically goes to public schools.
Senate Education chairman Sen. Dave Lent and committee member Sen. Lori Den Hartog joined Idaho Reports on Friday afternoon to discuss the bill, and the evolution of school choice in Idaho.
Kevin Richert of Idaho Education News and Kaye Thornbrugh of the Coeur d’Alene Press discus the week in education, including a show cause letter from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities that directs North Idaho College in Kootenai County to show concrete evidence the commission should not revoke its accreditation.
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