Ybarra’s Budget Falls Far Short

Proposal Leaves Large Gaps in Student Services The K-12 budget proposal unveiled recently by Superintendent Ybarra is woefully inadequate to meet the needs of Idaho students. Even by middle-of-a-pandemic standards, the lack of commitment to and investment in Idaho’s public schools is deeply troubling. IEA representatives provided input to the State Department of Education prior…

COVID-19 and School Buildings: A Doctor’s Perspective

How safe are educators and students if districts decide to reopen school buildings? We discussed the many facets of this question with Dr. Kenny Bramwell, System Director for St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital. Get a medical professional’s perspective on several aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic and what factors schools should be weighing as they consider whether or not…

The Show Must Go On

IEA Summer Institute Moves Online, More than 600 Members Participate Like many events in 2020, the IEA Summer Institute, scheduled for late July in Lewiston, had to be canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Or did it? Spearheaded by the IEA’s Center for Teaching and Learning team, Summer Institute rose from the ashes and was…

Schools in COVID-19 Hot Spots Should Begin with Remote Learning

Statement from IEA President Layne McInelly As positivity rates of the dangerous COVID-19 virus continue to increase in many Idaho communities, the course of action for public schools in those areas is clear—school buildings in communities considered “hot spots” should remain closed and districts should shift to online instruction. It’s an unfortunate circumstance but a…