Idaho is Still Last in Per Student Investment

Idaho remains dead last among the 50 states and the District of Columbia in per-student funding, according to the annual report from the National Education Association, which was released today. The NEA Rankings and Estimates are the industry standard for metrics associated with public education, including per-student funding, enrollment, teacher compensation, and class sizes. Idaho…

  Legislature Still Playing Games with Education Budgets As the interminable 2021 legislative session passed the 100 day mark this week, the legislature continued its antics around education budgets and “straw man” arguments around the “indoctrination” of students. Lieutenant Governor Janice McGeachin is forming a task force to “investigate” the issue. And the House approved…

PSC Chair, IEA Member Kathy Davis Weighs in on “Indoctrination”

Veteran educator, IEA member, and current Chair of Idaho’s Professional Standards Commission, Kathy Davis, joined us to share her thoughts on the furor over “indoctrination” of Idaho students. From failing to pass education budgets to HB 377 to the Lieutenant Governor’s task force, unfounded accusations that teachers are forcing students to learn “leftist agendas”, socialism,…

The New McCarthyists

Some of Idaho’s legislators are reenacting a dark and sinister time in American history, putting on a display of silly politics at the expense of public education. This time, instead of federal bureaucrats, teachers are the target of a wild goose chase. During the 1950s Senator Joseph McCarthy led performative investigative hearings to fetter out…

IEA REPORTER Q & A: Julie Nawrocki

Julie Nawrocki teaches math, typically college-level courses, at Skyline High School in Idaho Falls. She grew up in St. Petersburg, FL and graduated from the University of South Florida with a degree in electrical engineering. She and her husband, Peter, met at USF and began careers as engineers. They moved to Idaho in 2000, and…