Tax Cuts Will Harm Public Schools

The House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved HB 311 Monday. This omnibus bill will increase the gas tax, decrease the income tax rate for Idaho’s wealthiest citizens, remove the grocery tax credit, and eliminate the tax on food. Those debating against the bill reminded lawmakers that with the passage of HB 296—the career ladder teacher pay…

Senate Passes Career Ladder Bill

The full Senate voted 34-0 (one senator was absent when the vote was taken) late Thursday afternoon to approve HB 296, the career ladder teacher salary formula measure approved earlier this week in the House. The speed at which this measure has moved through the process is an important sign that lawmakers are serious about…

Schoolnet Receives Scathing Review

In what has become an all too familiar situation this session, the Office of Performance Evaluation (OPE)—the research arm of the legislature—has released another report pointing out serious problems with a statewide system intended to assist school districts that ended up doing the opposite. OPE released a highly critical report Idaho’s Instructional System (Schoolnet) Offers…