Week 9 in review

As expected, the Idaho Legislature’s Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee finished setting agency budgets today, which means it’s likely that the 2012 session will end on or about March 23. As Betsy Russell wrote at Eye on Boise, &ldquo…

Bill aims for transparency

The House Education Committee today agreed to print a bill from Rep. Brian Cronin (D-Boise) that aims to increase transparency of for-profit education management organizations operating in Idaho. It’s uncertain whether or when it might get a he…

Busy day in Senate Education

The Senate Education Committee had a full plate today, advancing several major bills and passing a joint memorial to condemn No Child Left Behind.

The committee passed H579, which  removes the sunset clause on a law passed five years ago which…

Super Tuesday in Idaho

It was like a Friday afternoon at the Idaho Capitol today, as things shut down early so lawmakers – 81 percent of whom are Republican – could travel home to take part in Idaho’s first-ever GOP presidential caucuses. Idaho is one of …

Public schools budget set

The Idaho Legislature’s Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee today approved a budget for schools for next year representing a 4.6 percent increase in state general funds. The overall budget, however, increased just 0.4 percent above this year…