The 2022 Idaho Legislative session is heating up

The 2022 Idaho legislative session is heating up as lawmakers introduce a slew of education-related bills. Here’s a rundown of the latest that is being debated:  IEA: Rural Educator Incentive Bill a “Step in the Right Direction”  Educators in rural areas or high-need areas could get a little extra money to pay for educational costs…

‘This Bill is an Insult to the Professionalism of Idaho’s Certified Educators’ 

The Idaho Education Association on Tuesday stood in defense of the education profession Tuesday as it opposed legislation that would all but eliminate educator certification requirements for charter school teachers.   Senate Bill 1291, sponsored by Sen. Carl Crabtree (R-Grangeville), allows charter schools to hire applicants with any bachelor’s degree, as opposed to hiring only certified…

Tell Your Senator that the Rural Educator Incentive Bill is a “Step in the Right Direction”

Educators in rural areas or high-need areas could get a little extra money to pay for educational costs like student loans or pursuing advanced degrees under legislation introduced by Sen. Janie Ward-Engelking (D-Boise) on Wednesday. As Idaho Education Association Political Director Chris Parri told lawmakers this week, Senate Bill 1290 “is an additional step in…

IEA Hotline – February 11, 2022  

The start of the 2022 Idaho legislative session’s second month saw the signing into law of one of the IEA’s top priorities for the year and the advancement of other education-related measures.     Gov. Little Signs Educator Health Insurance Bill into Law   At a series of “teacher appreciation” events around the state, Idaho Gov.…

IEA at the State Commission for Education Excellence

Matt Compton, IEA’s associate executive director, represented IEA members recently at a meeting of the Idaho State Commission for Education Excellence, which meets regularly to discuss how the state can make substantive improvements in education, particularly during and after the pandemic.   At last Friday’s meeting they discussed:  District Continuous Improvement Plans, including plans for literacy,…