IEA HOTLINE Returns for 2023 Legislature as a Podcast

A new Idaho Education Association podcast featuring an inside view of the Idaho Legislature’s deliberations around public education and the policy priorities of IEA members makes its debut later this month.

The IEA HOTLINE podcast will include timely news, discussions and interviews with key members of the IEA Lobby Team, IEA members, lawmakers and others about the ins-and-outs of education policy discussions during the 2023 legislative session.

The weekly HOTLINE podcast is intended not only for IEA members keeping abreast of news relevant to them from the Statehouse, but also others who value educator perspectives on education policy issues. It will be broadly available to all on most popular podcast listening platforms including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon Music and others. It replaces an email update of the same name available to hundreds who signed up to receive it in previous years.


“IEA members are critical influencers of education policy at the Statehouse,” said Mike Journee, IEA’s communication director, who will host the podcast. “We’re always looking for new ways to engage with audiences eager to learn about the perspective of IEA members and progress on their policy priorities. This new podcast will help us do that.”

While the show will be a weekly update released each Friday, a series of preview episodes are planned for the weeks leading up to the Jan. 10 start of the 2023 legislative session. They include episodes summarizing the political landscape for Idaho public education (planned for release Dec. 19), Idaho’s chronic underfunding of public education (Jan. 2), the worsening crisis in student mental wellbeing (Jan. 4) and a look at expected legislation bringing vouchers to Idaho (Jan. 6).

Other special episodes will feature Gov. Brad Little’s State of the State address on Jan. 10 and one featuring IEA’s Lobby Day on Jan. 16, when scores of IEA members descend on the Statehouse to lobby lawmakers on behalf of their colleagues, students and public education.

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