Both the House and Senate Education committees continued to review rules on Thursday. Several legislative proposals related to professional-technical education, and the powers and duties of community college boards of trustees were introduced in the Senate committee, and we expect that even more bills will be presented over the next several weeks.
Education Week at the Capitol begins on Monday. Community colleges will share their success stories and university presidents and the State Board of Education will make FY17 funding pitches. On January 28th, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra will formally present her budget to the Joint Finance and Appropriations Committee. We will be watching to see how much, if at all, she tweaks her budget request now that Governor Otter has unveiled his education funding recommendation.
As we prepare for the busier weeks ahead, we would like to share with you this infographic that the IEA put together as part of our Idaho Public Teachers: Dedicated to the Ones We Love awareness campaign. This infographic really illustrates the tremendous work done by Idaho public schools and public school teachers despite significant challenges in funding and other areas. It also shows the investments that need to be made in order for Idaho to reach the high level of education that can provide students with great opportunities and help us create the prosperity that we all covet.
You are encouraged to share this infographic with friends, colleagues, community leaders and elected officials. We believe that it represents an excellent snapshot of the status of public education in Idaho.