IEA Hotline – March 4th

With the weather warming and primary elections beginning to loom, lawmakers are turning their eyes to the endgame for the 2022 legislative session. A key deadline for sending legislation between the House and Senate hits on Monday, as well. Below is a quick roundup of what happened at the Statehouse this week.  Oh! And Thursday…

IEA Hotline – Feb 25th

As the 2022 legislative session’s second month comes to a close, kindergarten and voucher bills are top of mind in education circles. Here’s a quick summary of some of the bills the IEA’s lobby team is keeping an eye on: Kindergarten Bills Aplenty There are several kindergarten bills being discussed and worked on by lawmakers…

130th IEA Anniversary – Interview with Jim Shackleford

On the Idaho Education Association’s 130th anniversary today, we wanted to get the perspective of Jim Shackleford, a former long-time IEA executive director of IEA (1992-2008) and patriarch of the modern IEA, about the milestone’s significance. Here’s what he had to say:     Why is 130 years of the IEA important?  The significance of the…

Vouchers

You Helped Kill Bad Voucher Legislation in Committee  Thanks to each of you who let lawmakers know that House Bill 669 was bad for public education in Idaho. Your outreach on this “unabashed voucher bill” helped kill it in the House Education Committee on Tuesday.   Sponsored by Rep. Gayann DeMordaunt (R-Eagle) and Rep. Dorothy Moon…