A “Not So Special” Legislative Session

Legislature Passes Troubling Liability Immunity Bill The centerpiece of the special (officially “extraordinary) legislative session called by Gov. Brad Little was developing legislation to grant immunity from liability to school boards and businesses. What resulted was House Bill 6, introduced by Rep. Julianne Young, R-Blackfoot, and passed by both chambers of the legislature almost completely…

Member Spotlight: Julie Underwood

Julie Underwood is the essence of the self-made, do-it-all educator. Classroom teacher? Check. Debate coach? Check. Motivated by student success? Check. Adaptable to the changes brought about by COVID-19? Check. A strong proponent of the value of the IEA and her local education association? Check. She is teaching ninth-grade English at Kimberly High School this…

Ybarra’s Budget Falls Far Short

Proposal Leaves Large Gaps in Student Services The K-12 budget proposal unveiled recently by Superintendent Ybarra is woefully inadequate to meet the needs of Idaho students. Even by middle-of-a-pandemic standards, the lack of commitment to and investment in Idaho’s public schools is deeply troubling. IEA representatives provided input to the State Department of Education prior…

COVID-19 and School Buildings: A Doctor’s Perspective

How safe are educators and students if districts decide to reopen school buildings? We discussed the many facets of this question with Dr. Kenny Bramwell, System Director for St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital. Get a medical professional’s perspective on several aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic and what factors schools should be weighing as they consider whether or not…