Covid-19: Latest Developments and Resources

IEA Hotline—March 27, 2020 COVID-19: Latest Developments and Resources Since last Friday’s Hotline, we have seen the State Board of Education announce a “soft closure” of all public schools until at least April 20 and the Governor issue a 21-day “stay-at-home” order for the entire state. The Idaho Education Association has been at the forefront…

Teacher Pay and Property Taxes

As Americans, we have a long history of placing high value on education.  Thomas Jefferson spoke and wrote to great lengths about the importance of a public education system and the necessity of education to the success of a free society.  Our Idaho state constitution requires the legislature to establish and maintain a system of…

Teacher Pay Legislation Passes House

IEA Hotline—February 28, 2020 A bill that would provide school districts with additional funding allocations of an estimated $223 million over five years, primarily focused on increasing pay for veteran educators, passed the House Education Committee in a unanimous vote Wednesday and then cleared the House floor by a 52-10 margin today. HB 523 heads…