IEA Testifies in Support of HB 296

The following testimony was delivered to members of the House Education Committee on Friday, regarding HB 296. Good morning, Mr. Chairman and members of the Committee. I am Robin Nettinga, Executive Director of the Idaho Education Association and I come before you today in support of HB 296. It has been a long and challenging…

Commit to Education–IEA Leaders Tell JFAC

IEA President Penni Cyr and Meridian Education Association President Kendra Wisenbaker addressed a public hearing of the Joint Finance and Appropriations Committee on Friday. Cyr stressed that paying teachers and increasing discretionary funding is not an “either/or” proposition—both need to happen in order to provide students with the best possible education. Wisenbaker noted that Meridian…

Area teachers blast licensing plan

By MARY STONE of the Lewiston Tribune One after another Tuesday evening, teachers spoke out against the Idaho State Board of Education’s latest teacher certification and pay proposals. Saying the plan wrongly ties their certification to district evaluations, more than 100 educators from throughout the region filled a lecture hall during a public hearing at…