Rep. Lynn Luker (R-Boise) introduced a resolution to create a legislative task force to study Idaho’s student data collection system. In the introduction of his bill, Rep. Luker told committee members that there continue to be concerns regarding the kind and amount of data collected by the state.
He contends that there are problems with the law passed last year, and under his proposal the legislature would have time to study the issue and also allow the public to share their concerns. Though committee members printed the legislation, at least one lawmaker told Rep. Luker that he had concerns with the bill and would be seeking answers if the chairman grants a full hearing on this issue.
Rep. Ryan Kerby (R-New Plymouth) introduced a bill to provide college scholarships to public school students who earn college credits while in high school. Rep. Kerby told committee members that he believes this legislation will increase the number of college credits students take while in high school, increase the number of students who go on to some sort of post-graduate study, keep Idaho students in Idaho colleges and help ensure that students earn degrees and certificates that will make them employable and improve Idaho’s economy.
Superintendent Ybarra to Address Her Budget and Vision
Superintendent Sherri Ybarra is scheduled to make a presentation to members of the House Education Committee on Thursday. She will be sharing details about her K-12 budget request and her vision for the State Department and for public schools. We’ll have a full report in our next Hotline message.