Idaho Education Association announced pro-education candidate endorsements in five statewide races 49 legislative races to IEA members on Monday.
The bi-partisan endorsements include nods for the governorship and superintendent of public instruction — both of which have huge implications on education policy — and are the result of weeks of work and more than five dozen candidate interviews by IEA’s Political Action Committee for Education or PACE.
IEA endorsements for November’s general election will come later this summer.
May 17’s primary election comes on the heels of the most successful legislative session for education in a generation and the election of pro-education candidates to these seats could help IEA member build on that momentum.
“This election could be the moment Idaho educators — all of you — blunt the extremism that too often defines political debate in this state and begin turning decades of neglect for our public schools around,” said Layne McInelly, IEA president and PACE co-chair.
PACE members carefully considered of each candidate’s views on public education policy and made recommendations for IEA’s endorsements of candidates who they believe will stand up to make a real positive impact in Idaho’s classrooms. Not all races are represented in this list. If PACE members did not believe any candidates in a race represented IEA values well enough, no endorsement was made.
“It’s important to remember that good education policy is non-partisan,” said Peggy Hoy, Idaho’s NEA director and PACE co-chair. “In their endorsements, PACE members do not look for Republicans or Democrats — they look for the candidate who’s going to stand up for public education and make a positive impact in your classroom.”