House Education Committee Sends Callous Message on Students’ Mental Heath

House Education Committee Sends Callous Message on Students’ Mental Heath In a disturbing development this week, several members of the House Education Committee openly criticized the recommendation from Governor Little’s K-12 task force that would increase training and resources to support the mental and emotional health of Idaho students. During a presentation by State Superintendent…

House Education Committee Guts Teacher Certification and Idaho Content Standards

IEA Hotline—February 7, 2020   Over the strenuous objections of professional educators, the House Education Committee voted Wednesday to repeal the existing Idaho Standards for Initial Certification of Professional School Personnel. The next day the committee doubled-down on its dubious actions by voting to repeal all of Idaho’s Content Standards. The fight to preserve these…

We are #RedforEd

  Tomorrow is #RedforEd! On the first Wednesday of every month, educators in Idaho wear red and join together to demand the public schools our students deserve. Tomorrow, I’m wearing red to improve educator pay. Teachers are paid 20% less than comparably educated and credentialed professionals. And in Idaho, our students lose hundreds of great…

Budget Proposal to JFAC, Teacher of the Year addresses Education Committees and there is still to email about the Content Standards

IEA Hotline—January 24, 2020   Superintendent Ybarra Presents Budget Proposal to JFAC State Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra formally proposed a 5.3% increase in K-12 public school funding for the 2020-2021 school year during her presentation to the Joint Finance and Appropriations Committee (JFAC) Thursday morning. That percentage represents roughly $101 million in new…