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”

Education task force presenters criticize K-12 curriculum, textbooks

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports The Education Task Force assembled by Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin met again Thursday at the statehouse to discuss education policy, focusing on K-12 schools.  Presenters focused on whether critical race theory, racism, capitalism, Black Lives Matter and issues around transgender people are being taught in Idaho public schools. They lookedContinue reading “Education task force presenters criticize K-12 curriculum, textbooks”

Late task force agenda may not violate open government laws

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin’s Task Force on Education Indoctrination meets at 1 pm Thursday at the Idaho Capitol’s Lincoln Auditorium, but members of the public may not have known until today. The meeting notice and agenda weren’t posted on the lieutenant governor’s website until mid-afternoon Wednesday, less than 24 hoursContinue reading “Late task force agenda may not violate open government laws”

Reclaim Idaho’s education initiative could boost K-12 funds by $323 million

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports The Division of Financial Management now says the education initiative spearheaded by Reclaim Idaho could generate an additional $323 million for K-12 schools.  Reclaim Idaho, the same group that successfully got Medicaid Expansion on the ballot in 2018, is spearheading this initiative, called the Quality Education Act.  The need forContinue reading “Reclaim Idaho’s education initiative could boost K-12 funds by $323 million”

Education funding ballot initiative delayed after “premature” start

by Logan Finney, Idaho Reports After announcing the launch of a new ballot initiative last week, Reclaim Idaho had to backtrack the next day and tell volunteers to pause their signature collection drive. The organization announced in a press release Thursday that they would begin collecting signatures, but it turns out the initiative wasn’t eligibleContinue reading “Education funding ballot initiative delayed after “premature” start”

UI president asks alumni, business leaders to counter attacks on higher ed

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports University of Idaho president C. Scott Green is asking alumni and business leaders to support higher education after the Idaho House of Representatives defeated the higher education budget last Wednesday. The defeat came partially at the bill sponsor’s request; Rep. Paul Amador asked the House to vote no on hisContinue reading “UI president asks alumni, business leaders to counter attacks on higher ed”