Members of both private and public sector unions joined forces on Thursday to meet with lawmakers about our role in ensuring Idaho’s working men and women are treated fairly in the workplace.
The IEA joined firefighters, steel workers, postal carriers, food and commercial workers and other friends from the Idaho AFL-CIO and the Idaho Public Employees Association in displaying and sharing information about our organizations. Legislators who stopped by to visit the IEA table received a one-page legislative priorities flyer, information about the IEA Children’s Fund and got to review a copy Voices of Courage, Champions of Excellence, the book documenting IEA’s history since 1892.
Education Committees Begin Work
Members of both the House and Senate Education Committees met on Thursday. The first task for all legislative committees each year is to review the hundreds of pages of rules written by state agencies over the interim designed to interpret and further outline legislation passed in the previous session. Most committees attempt to dispense with this work in a fairly rapid fashion so that they can begin considering legislation.
Rules are different from legislation. While both the appropriate House and Senate committee must agree to either approve or reject a rule, the full legislature does not consider rules unless all or a portion of a rule is recommended for rejection. All rules that are approved have the full force and effect of law at the conclusion of the legislative session.
The House committee held a brief organizational meeting to discuss the schedule for rules review. Committee members will meet on Monday to begin reviewing some of the rules brought forward by the State Department of Education and the State Board of Education.
Members of the Senate Education Committee began reviewing rules on Thursday. They will continue discussing the rules next week.
In the next few weeks, both education committees will be asked to approve a State Board rule that makes it easier for an individual who holds a bachelor’s degree to obtain a teaching certificate without first having completed a teacher preparation program. The IEA has concerns about this rule and we’ll be on hand to share our concerns with members of both committees.