Questions arise over Quality Education Act’s impacts on 2022 tax legislation

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports Advocacy group Reclaim Idaho reached a huge goal last week when its voter initiative on education funding received certification from the Secretary of State, but the proposition could see challenges after legislators made changes to income tax brackets. The Quality Education Act, which will be Proposition 1 on the NovemberContinue reading “Questions arise over Quality Education Act’s impacts on 2022 tax legislation”

K-12 education initiative confirmed for November ballot

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports An Idaho voter initiative will make the November ballot, after advocacy group Reclaim Idaho collected thousands of signatures and the Secretary of State’s Office approved it. The Idaho Secretary of State’s office made the announcement Friday evening, after county clerks verified the more than 100,000 collected signatures and Reclaim IdahoContinue reading “K-12 education initiative confirmed for November ballot”

Reclaim Idaho submits 100,000 signatures for education ballot initiative

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports “When I say ‘vote’ you say ‘yes’” echoed outside the Idaho Secretary of State’s Office on Wednesday as enthusiastic supporters filled the statehouse hall. Advocacy group Reclaim Idaho submitted signed petitions for its Quality Education Act to the office, marking the final step before getting the initiative on November’s ballot. Continue reading “Reclaim Idaho submits 100,000 signatures for education ballot initiative”

School safety board reviews policy on reuniting kids, parents in crisis

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports The Idaho School Safety and Security Advisory Board met Tuesday, two weeks after a mass shooting killed 19 students and two teachers at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. The advisory board discussed plans for school safety moving forward, including a new reunification plan outlined by Guy Bliesner, an analystContinue reading “School safety board reviews policy on reuniting kids, parents in crisis”

Reclaim Idaho submits final signatures for education ballot initiative

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports Advocacy group Reclaim Idaho dropped off the final signatures needed Monday for the education initiative voters might see this year. Reclaim Idaho supporters and co-founder Luke Mayville gathered outside the Ada County Elections Office to submit the last of the petition signatures. “The people of Idaho disagree about a wholeContinue reading “Reclaim Idaho submits final signatures for education ballot initiative”

NIC trustees resign; State Board will fill embattled college’s vacancies

By Kevin Richert, IdahoEdNews.org | Originally posted on IdahoEdNews.org on April 8, 2022 (UPDATED, 4:25 p.m., with State Board comments.) Two trustees have resigned at North Idaho College — leaving the embattled college’s board on a skeleton crew, and throwing the State Board of Education into the middle of the fray. Christie Wood and KenContinue reading “NIC trustees resign; State Board will fill embattled college’s vacancies”

BYU-I sexual abuse Title IX lawsuit moves forward after 6 years

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports A federal judge determined this month that the six-year-old lawsuit against Brigham Young University-Idaho, revolving around allegations of sexual impropriety, must move forward.  A female student filed the lawsuit in 2016, alleging a professor was sexually harassing and abusing her at the university.  The professor, Stephen Stokes, died in JulyContinue reading “BYU-I sexual abuse Title IX lawsuit moves forward after 6 years”

Little vetoes first bill of ’22 session

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports Gov. Brad Little has vetoed a bill that would provide Master Educator Premiums for school district employees who transitioned from teaching to administrative roles. In his veto letter, Little said the premium program is set to sunset on July 1, 2024, and that he would rather the legislature focus onContinue reading “Little vetoes first bill of ’22 session”

House committee prepares to replace education standards

by Logan Finney, Idaho Reports  The House Education Committee introduced two new pieces of legislation Thursday to replace the state’s K-12 content standards for math, English language arts and science. The move comes after years of legislative battles over ties to controversial Common Core standards. Chairman Rep. Lance Clow, R-Twin Falls, first floated the billsContinue reading “House committee prepares to replace education standards”

Idaho Supreme Court says parents have standing to sue over fees for full-day kindergarten

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports On Monday, the Idaho Supreme Court issued an opinion on standing in the case of Gifford v. West Ada Joint School District #2, in which plaintiffs question the constitutionality of charging fees for full-day kindergarten. The opinion doesn’t rule on the constitutionality of the fees, remanding the case back toContinue reading “Idaho Supreme Court says parents have standing to sue over fees for full-day kindergarten”