Region 1

National ESP Day Honors Our Amazing Classified Staff Several local associations put together tokens of appreciation for their classified staff as recognition of National ESP Day. In Region 1, NIEARC (North Idaho Education Association Retired Council) spearheaded Operation Cookie Drop and stuffed 500 cookie packets for classified staff in Coeur d’Alene elementary schools.    …

Region 9

In Region 9 (West Ada), Local President Sam Perez and his team reached an agreement with the district to fairly compensate teachers who are being asked to give up their prep periods to cover classrooms for other teachers. The district is short-staffed, especially in paraeducators, putting extra pressure on the existing employees. The agreement calls…

Region 6

In Region 6, the Idaho Falls EA held a “paint night” fundraiser for the IEA Children’s Fund this week. Reporters from two local media outlets were on hand to cover it. Judging from the photos on the IFEA Facebook page, a great time was had by all. And for such a great cause.

Regions 3 & 8

Regions 3 and 8 are receiving a weekly digest newsletter from Region Director Tracylea Balmer. This digest provides updates on activities in the regions and seeks input and information about key issues. Among those issues is how districts are using the $10 million set aside for staffing help. In addition, to substitute teachers, the funds…

Boise Education Association

The Boise Education Association just completed a facilitated training in collaboration with the district, for their negotiations team. The facilitator helped the group review the previous year’s agreement, identify key issues for the coming year, and build the foundation for bargaining for the next master agreement.

Boise Education Association

In Region 7 (Boise) the school district made the decision to provide virtual instruction for all students on election day, November 2. Many school buildings also serve as polling locations, and the virtual day will help ensure that students and staff are safe while there is increased traffic in the buildings. The BEA then encouraged…