The House Education Committee took another step toward establishing a committee to investigate restructuring Idaho’s funding formula for public education. A concurrent resolution was introduced by Rep. Wendy Horman (R-Idaho Falls), who is expected to be named a co-chair of the fledgling committee. Idaho is currently working with a formula that was drafted in 1994, with periodic modification since then. Horman told committee members the move to re-evaluate the formula is a result of a changing educational environment and vastly different technology capabilities.
Penni Cyr on KTVB, Melyssa Ferro to Join KBOI on Thursday
The Idaho Education Association continues to share its mission and opinions through a variety of public forums and media appearances. IEA President Penni Cyr was a guest on KTVB’s Viewpoint public affairs show over the weekend, talking with host Doug Petcash about education funding, shared accountability, alternative authorizations and more. If you missed the show, it will be posted soon on the KTVB website.
IEA member and Idaho Teacher of the Year Melyssa Ferro will be an in-studio guest on 670-KBOI this Thursday at 9:00 AM. Ferro will discuss a variety of education issues with hosts Paul J. Schneider and Chris Walton. If you are outside of the Boise area you can listen live online (click the play button at the bottom of the page). Ferro recently shared some of her thoughts on public education and great teachers with the Idaho legislature, as well as in this IEA Reporter Q & A.
March Designated Music in Our Schools Month
HCR 31, which was introduced by IEA member and legislator John McCrostie (D-Boise), received unanimous approval in the House of Representatives on Monday. The resolution recognizes March as Music in our Schools Month. The resolution now moves to the Senate for their consideration. In addition to his role representing District 16A, McCrostie also teaches music at Grace Jordan Elementary in the Boise School District.