The K-12 task force convened by Gov. Brad Little, Our Kinds, Idaho’s Future, worked with great fidelity through the summer and fall to provide guidance on moving public education forward in our state. Many IEA members shared their opinions and insight on important topics with the task force, and several served on subcommittees. IEA President Kari Overall and 2019 Idaho Teacher of the Year Marc Beitia participated in the main task force.
In early November the task force issued five primary recommendations that have been passed on to the governor. The catch is that the recommendations are non-binding and will require action from the legislature and/or state agencies. The IEA supports these recommendations and encourages you to contact your legislators and let them know you do as well.
IEA President Kari Overall made a couple of media appearances recently to discuss the task force recommendations and the importance of follow-through.
- Kari was interviewed by host Doug Petcash on KTVB’s public affairs program, Viewpoint. (The segment on education begins at the 15:30 mark).
- On the radio side, she visited with morning hosts Mike Kasper and Chris Walton on 670-KBOI in Boise to talk about the recommendations, as well as American Education Week. (Here is a link to the show archive. Click on the audio for 11-21-19)
In addition, IEA members around the state have been sharing their stories about how the specific recommendations can make a difference in classrooms and school buildings. One such member is Joe Johnson of Meadows Valley, who spoke with the McCall Star-News about student mental health issues.