The chairs of the House and Senate Education Committees shared their priorities with the Joint Finance and Appropriations Committee Friday, as JFAC prepares to dig in on writing the K-12 education budget, which is expected to be unveiled on February 27.
The Idaho State Board of Education released its first review of the state’s teacher evaluation process since taking over responsibility for the evaluations, sharing the results of their review with a joint session of the legislative education committees.
With the Joint Finance and Appropriations Committee scheduled to hear from the education committees Friday and budget-writing to come February 27, Senate Education Committee chair Sen. Dean Mortimer (R-Idaho Falls) gave his committee members a chance to share their opinions about funding priorities and other issues at the end of Tuesday’s meeting.
The teacher evaluation process will be front and center as the State Board of Education meets in Boise this week. Thursday morning the State Board will hold its meeting at in the Simplot Ballroom at Boise State University, with a review of the 2015-16 teacher evaluations and the process by which those evaluations were obtained…
Sen. Steven Thayn (R-Emmett) introduced a bill Monday that would ostensibly create a secondary path for educators to qualify for the Master Teacher Premium. The bill would allow local districts to choose whether teachers qualify through an evaluation/portfolio process or by reaching certain student goals.
From the education perspective, Monday is a relatively significant benchmark in that it is the last day that the Senate Education Committee can introduce new legislation.