IEA Participates in NEA Representative Assembly–Virtually

The National Education Association’s 99th annual Representative Assembly was originally scheduled to be held in Atlanta, GA this year, but due to COVID-19 the NEA held the first-ever virtual Representative Assembly July 2nd and 3rd.  Idaho had 28 delegates who logged on to their computers and were inspired listening to speeches by Lily Eskelsen-Garcia, Becky…

IEA Summer Institute Goes Virtual

The COVID-19 pandemic forced the IEA to cancel the 2020 Summer Institute, which had been scheduled for late July in Lewiston, and investigate other options for delivering the high-quality professional development members have come to rely on. Led by the IEA Center for Teaching and Learning, the Association quickly found a viable solution that would…

Idaho Ranks Last in Per Student Funding – Again

“An Unacceptable Trend that Must be Reversed” Boise, ID—Idaho ranks last among the 50 states and the District of Columbia in per-student funding, according to the annual Rankings and Estimates released by the National Education Association. The state provided $6,747 of funding for each K-12 public school student in 2018-19; an increase of $8 per…

Shutdown Stories: Unique Insight from Educator-Parents

The shift to emergency instruction this spring was an adjustment for educators. And for parents. But what about those who are both? In this IEA REPORTER interview, we spoke with members Sally Mitchell from Boise and Lacey Watkins from Moscow. They share their stories about the challenges created by the unexpected move to online education…

IEA Interview: School Reopening and the Digital Divide

Important work is being done by two statewide committees this month and the IEA has voiced on both. Hear from IEA Vice President Stephanie Myers about the objectives and obstacles of the School Reopening Committee and from IEA Political Director Matt Compton regarding the Digital Divide Committee and the inequities exposed by the COVID-19 public…