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 hearing, but watch the Hotline for further developments.
The Senate Education Committee passed HCR048, the resolution recognizing the Idaho Education Association on its 120th anniversary. It now goes to the full Senate. H564, the bill from Rep. JoAn Wood (R-Rigby )to makes changes to a law regarding employee records and Professional Standards Commission investigations, was held until next week.
The Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee continues to set budgets; it should finish its work this week. Here’s an interesting item from Betsy Russell at Eye on Boise: “One budget approved this morning reflects a 14.1 percent increase in state general funds and a 34.1 percent increase in total funds; it's for the office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. The jump in ongoing state funds is to operate the new longitudinal data system; the total budget also reflects an Albertson Foundation grant for development of an instructional management system.”
Tomorrow is the final day for people to file to run for public office in Idaho this year. Filing ends at 5 p.m. Here's the latest list of candidates. Dan Popkey had an interesting Page 1 piece in the Idaho Statesman today talking about why so many moderates are fleeing the Statehouse.