The Idaho State Board of Education is convening a work group to study the teacher shortage facing the state, and IEA members Sue Darden and Melyssa Ferro, along with IEA President Penni Cyr and Interim Executive Director Sue Wigdorski will be among the participants. The group will hold its first meeting on February 8 on the Boise State University campus. According to the SBOE, the work group will “examine the issue more closely, and before the situation becomes an education crisis” and will also “explore possible remedies to include recruitment, preparation, incentives and retention”.
The work group is specifically in response to a report received by the State Board last August, although the IEA and others have been highlighting the teacher recruitment and retention issue for several years. This is a very important piece of the public education puzzle in Idaho, and we appreciate that the State Board of Education has sought out input from classroom teachers and the Idaho Education Association.
Sen. Maryanne Jordan on Public Education & Career Ladder (670-KBOI)
As the 2017 legislative session completes its second week, several issues related to public education remain in the forefront (and are likely to stay that way throughout the session). Sen. Maryanne Jordan (D-Boise) discussed a number of those issues this morning with hosts Paul J. Schneider and Chris Walton on 670-KBOI radio in Boise. Among her comments…
On the Career Ladder and teacher recruitment/retention
- “We face real issues, especially in rural communities”
- “In addition to paying teachers what they are worth…we need to let teachers teach—they know best how to engage their students”
On Education Secretary nominee Betsy DeVos and the privatization of public schools
- “We hear from people every day who are afraid of losing their public school—the school that is so integral to their kids and their kid’s future”
- “To think about pulling resources away from (public schools) rather than building them up is kind of scary”
You can listen to the entire interview with Sen. Jordan on 670-KBOI here.
Superintendent Ybarra to Host Open House at the Capitol on Monday
The Idaho State Department of Education will have an open house on the second floor of the capitol on Monday, January 23 from 9AM-1PM. The DSE press release indicates that the open house will be to “allow the public to see their return on investment for supporting education programs for students across the state”. The open house will feature tables with information about technology, robotics, Mastery-based Education, and K-3 reading proficiency, among others. You can read the press release from the State Department of Education here.