Revered IEA Leader Monica Beaudoin Passes Away

Former Idaho Education Association President Monica Beaudoin died October 31, 2020, in Sandpoint at the age of 83. To say that Monica was a pillar of the education community would be a vast understatement, and her fingerprints remain on the IEA and on our public education system decades later. Monica grew up in North Dakota…

Funding in Flux

COVID-19, Economy, Politics Lead to Roller Coaster Ride for K-12 Resources The COVID-19 pandemic has created havoc with public school budgets around the country, and Idaho has been no exception. Shortly after the crisis hit, Gov. Brad Little announced a one percent holdback to be applied to the remainder of the 2019-20 school year, then…

IEA Members Share Concerns, Ideas with Gov. Little

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about a plethora of new and unexpected concerns for professional educators. It has also brought to the forefront issues that have been percolating and under-emphasized for years. IEA members are among those with a front-row seat for how both sets of concerns are impacting their work, as well as the…

Time for a New Script

2020 feels like we are living in a simulation of a bad version of the movie Groundhog Day and someone needs to fix the script–fast. Educators are routinely boxed into having to make impossible choices in this script. None of the choices presented leave us with any real satisfactory answers. Here are some of the…