IEA Hotline—January 21, 2020
The House Education Committee will hear limited public testimony during a public hearing on Idaho’s science standards tomorrow morning, Wednesday, January 22. The best way to make sure your opinion on all of the Idaho Content Standards is taken into consideration is to email the committee. You can copy and paste the following emails:
The public hearing on science standards has been rescheduled twice and the committee has determined that pre-selected speakers will be given the first opportunity to testify. There will be four speakers from groups that support retaining the standards, which includes the IEA as well as every major public education stakeholder group. The extremist groups that are opposed to the standards will also be allowed four speakers. Time permitting, others will be given an opportunity to testify, but will be limited to two minutes.
Read more about why retaining the Idaho Content Standards is clearly the best course of action in this opinion piece from IEA President Layne McInelly.
The House Education Committee also held public hearings on the English/Language Arts and math standards last week, with professional educators giving strong, specific testimony regarding why and how they benefit students. Check out last Friday’s Hotline for a recap.
Tomorrow’s hearing on the science standards will take place beginning at 9:00 a. m. in room EW 41 at the capitol. Live streaming audio of the hearing can be found here.
Again, given the limited window for in-person testimony, the best way to have your voice heard in support of the Idaho Content Standards is to contact members of the House Education Committee by email or phone.
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