The Idaho Education Association created a History Project Task Force made up of longtime IEA members and staff from across the state. The Task Force was created to capture, record, and publish the 120-year history of the Idaho Education Association. Special thanks also go to the many staff and volunteers of the Idaho Education Association who have contributed to the organization over the past 120 years, making it the advocacy group it is today.
Idaho Education Association Historical Timeline 2011-1892
Idaho continues to cut its public schools budgets … The federal Education Jobs Bill helps curb some of the losses with one-time money to the states … Superintendent Tom Luna is elected to a second term despite efforts to elect an education professional to the position.
For the first time in Idaho history, the state Legislature budgets less money for public schools than the previous year. With IEA’s support, the Legislature passes a bill that gives local school districts flexibility for dealing with financial emergencies, and 20 districts invoke the new law.
IEA member and former McCall teacher Barbara Morgan becomes the first educator astronaut to complete a space shuttle mission and conduct lessons with students from space….Both the IEA and State Superintendent of Public Instruction propose alternative compensation plans in the fall.
Of the 20-some education laws enacted in this year’s legislative session, eight were written in the IEA office. Between 1927 and 1945, IEA wrote 27 of the education bills enacted into law by the Legislature. Between 1947-48 IEA incorporates and unifies with the National Education Association.
With the adoption of a new constitution, the Idaho State Teachers’ Association becomes the Idaho Education Association.
John Hillman becomes the Association’s first executive secretary (the title is now executive director).
The organization’s first legislative program brochure, based on 25 resolutions, is printed….Idaho teachers attend the National Education Association’s convention in Washington, D.C. for the first time.
March 23-25 1892
The first assembly of the State Teachers’ Association of Idaho meets in the representatives’ room of the state capitol and adopts a constitution which provides for a legislative committee to “use their influence securing needed legislation such as they or this association may deem necessary for the best interests of the state.”
March 3 1892
The IEA is born when State Superintendent of Public Instruction Judge J.E. Harroun gathers four other men in his office and they pass a motion “that a call be issued by the State Supt. to the teachers of the State to convene and organize a permanent association.”