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Facts.  You can’t argue with facts.  John Adams, second President of the United States and co-author of the Declaration of Independence is quoted as saying, “Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.”  So it is […]

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By MARY STONE of the Lewiston Tribune One after another Tuesday evening, teachers spoke out against the Idaho State Board of Education’s latest teacher certification and pay proposals. Saying the plan wrongly ties their certification to district evaluations, more than 100 educators from throughout the region filled a lecture hall during a public hearing at […]

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This guest opinion from IEA President Penni Cyr appeared in the Idaho Statesman on Monday, October 6. Idaho teachers, students and parents should be very concerned about the proposed rule on Tiered Certification currently being considered by the Idaho State Board of Education. It is an issue that could have a detrimental effect on our […]

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For Immediate Release September 17, 2014 IEA Responds to Westerberg Letter Letter Sent to Teachers Misleads on IEA Position, Misses the Point on Concerns Boise, ID—Many teachers around Idaho were surprised to find an unsolicited letter in their inboxes recently from Richard Westerberg, a member of the State Board of Education and the Chair of […]

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SBE Tiered Certification Rule The proposed rule on tiered certification poses a number of concerns for teachers. Here are just a few issues teachers have identified with the rule. You are welcome to use one or more of these identified concerns as you compose your comments to the State Board. Please remember that the most […]

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The proverbial question of “which came first, the chicken or the egg?” has been debated by philosophers and deep thinkers for thousands of years.  But the unanswerable question has now finally been resolved by the Idaho State Board of Education.  Both chicken and egg came at exactly the same time in this year’s “reform” of […]

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Proposed Rule on Tiered Certification Frequently Asked Questions   How does rulemaking work? Under Idaho law, Administrative Rules have the full force and effect of law. However, the process of approval of an agency rule is different than the passage of a legislative bill. The task of rulemaking occurs between legislative sessions. The State Board […]

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