JFAC Accepts Governor’s Budget Forecast

Idaho’s Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee (JFAC) has voted unanimously to accept a report that finds Governor Otter’s revenue forecast for the next fiscal year to be accurate. The Joint Economic Outlook and Revenue Assessment Committee held two days of hearings about revenue projection before agreeing with the Governor’s estimate of $3.12 billion in state tax revenue.…

Tiered Certification and Career Ladders

IEA Members Making Their Voices Heard on Controversial Proposals The Idaho State Board of Education has passed along to the legislature two proposals that could significantly alter how teachers are evaluated and compensated. The original Tiered Certification proposal drew heavy criticism from IEA members and other education stakeholders at public hearings in Pocatello, Lewiston, and…

Member Spotlight: Melissa Hunt

Blackfoot Teacher “Dreams Big”—and Wins $100,000 Grant Stoddard Elementary School teacher Melissa Hunt entered the “Dream Big Challenge” contest with the most noble of motivations–but very little expectation of actually winning. Then came the announcement that she was one of three finalists for the $100,000 grant from Farmers Insurance that goes to the winner of…

IEA Presents to Senate Ed Committee; Ybarra’s Career Ladders Statement Clarified

The IEA and other education organizations were invited to introduce themselves and provide committee members with their organizational vision for the 2015 session. IEA Executive Director Robin Nettinga presented for the IEA. Here is a synopsis of her comments: The IEA believes that public education is the cornerstone of our social, economic, and political structure. …