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”

Draft bill would dramatically redirect online sales tax

by Logan Finney, Idaho Reports Property taxes are a perennial discussion at the Idaho statehouse, and this year is no exception. An interim legislative committee drew headlines last week for a proposal to phase out supplemental levies, which voters pass to raise their property taxes and fund local school districts. The proposal would not createContinue reading “Draft bill would dramatically redirect online sales tax”

Little urges vaccinations as Delta threatens normal school year for Idaho kids

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports Gov. Brad Little warned Thursday that rising COVID-19 rates could jeopardize a normal, in-person school year for Idaho students. At a press conference at Nampa High School, Little encouraged vaccinations as the most effective way to ensure an uninterrupted school year for Idaho’s children. “We can minimize or limit disruptionsContinue reading “Little urges vaccinations as Delta threatens normal school year for Idaho kids”

Gov. Little appoints new State Board of Education member

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports Idaho Gov. Brad Little announced the appointment of new State Board of Education member on Wednesday, naming Bill Gilbert, of Boise. Gilbert serves on the board of Idaho Business for Education and was appointed co-chair of the “Our Kids, Idaho’s Future” task force by Little in 2019. Gilbert’s appointment comesContinue reading “Gov. Little appoints new State Board of Education member”

State Board of Education reviews diversity, inclusion policy after lawmaker concerns

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports After the Idaho Legislature’s adoption of a bill to prevent schools from forcing students to believe certain ideologies, the Idaho State Board of Education held a special meeting Monday on the issue. The Board introduced a policy for diversity, educational equity, and inclusion in higher education. The meeting gave theContinue reading “State Board of Education reviews diversity, inclusion policy after lawmaker concerns”