The Idaho Education Association and other education stakeholder groups will make presentations to the Senate Education Committee Monday afternoon. Rather than outlining priorities, as has been done in the past, each of the groups has been asked by the committee to share answers to two questions.
1-What are you now doing differently from last year that enhances student growth & achievement?
2-Name two things that you would like to do, that you are not currently doing, that will enhance student growth and achievement?
IEA President Kari Overall will speak on behalf of the Associations, and will also be introducing several members of the IEA’s GR-PACE (Government Relations-Political Action Committee for Education) team who will be in attendance. Overall’s remarks will focus on the importance on giving a voice to professional educators, as well as highlighting the increase in professional development opportunities and other support mechanisms the IEA is making available to members and professional educators.
The Senate Education Committee meeting begins at 3:00 PM Monday, and live audio streaming is available here.
Legislative Education Committees Set
The House and Senate Education Committees return virtually the same personnel as a year ago. In fact, there are no changes on the Senate side, although it is worth noting that Sen. Chuck Winder, R-Boise, remains on the Education Committee even though he is also now serving as the majority leader of the Senate. You can see the entire Senate Education Committee lineup, as well as their contact information, here.
The House Education Committee has one additional member. Rep. Barbara Ehardt, R-Idaho Falls, has been named to the committee. Rep. Hy Kloc, D-Boise will miss the first few weeks of the session due to a medical procedure. Longtime IEA member and current Director of IEA Member Benefits Dick Chilcote will be filling in part of the time during Rep. Kloc’s recovery. Click here for the full House Education Committee roster.