It was a slow education news day at the Idaho Legislature, but here’s a look at a few events coming up this weekend and early next week that you’ll want on your calendar.
In Emmett, local citizens will have a chance to discuss education issues over coffee and pie with their legislators at 9 a.m. Saturday, January 14, at Cold Mountain Creek, 1825 Hwy 16.
Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day and the Idaho Jobs Coalition will mark the occasion with “Kitchen Table Economics,” a program for and about families facing low-wage jobs and unemployment in our state. The event is set for 6 to 8 p.m. January 16 in the Capitol Auditorium in Boise. A number of Idahoans will speak briefly about their struggles to find adequate work. Dr. Stephen Cooke, a retired University of Idaho professor, will also speak about his research into Idaho’s “wage gap” and why earnings here are less than most other states.
On Tuesday, January 17, the Senate Education Committee will take testimony regarding the rule (08-0203-1102) adopted by the State Board of Education requiring two online credits for graduation. (As you’ll recall, in passing Senate Bill 1184 last year, the Legislature left it up to the state board to determine how many credits to require.) That meeting is set for 3 p.m. Tuesday in Room WW55.
In other news, Idaho (especially Moscow) features prominently in this Stateline.org article about how teachers and other public employees are living with new laws even as we fight to overturn them.