Derek Kohles, a social studies teacher at Lake City High School in Coeur d’Alene (Region 1) discusses a floor action at the 2022 Delegate Assembly in Boise April 22-23.
Nearly 400 IEA members, staff and guests came together for the Idaho Education Association’s 129thDelegate Assembly (DA) in Boise April 22-23.
From every region and representing 52 IEA locals from across Idaho, the delegates came together for this annual business meeting to reinvigorate the IEA spirit, celebrate successes from the past year and set priorities for the year ahead. It was the first in-person DA since the 2019 gathering in Coeur d’Alene before the COVID-19 pandemic.
Throughout the two-day event, delegates caucused with others from their region, proposed the most new business items or IEA policy proposals in recent memory, approved the IEA’s budget, endorsed new resolutions and heard updates from IEA leadership and staff.
IEA President Layne McInelly opened the proceedings by noting the 130th anniversary of the founding of the IEA.
“That’s 130 years of public school educators — all of you — using their expertise and influence to create public schools Idaho students deserve,” McInelly said. “That deserves a big round of applause.”
He also recognized the challenges educators faced during the pandemic and in the post-pandemic world.
“The past two years have been a huge challenge for everyone — but especially for our profession,” he said. “Many of our colleagues are questioning whether being an educator is even worth it. Today, I’m here to say to each of you: It is worth it. What you do matters.”
McInelly and other IEA leaders emphasized the importance of IEA’s legislative wins during the 2022 legislative session and the importance of building on that momentum.
2022’s Outstanding Education Advocates Recognized
Each year, IEA members recognize colleagues and others for their “above and beyond” work as educators and advocates for public education.
This year, 17 people were recognized with one of the several awards during the 2022 Delegate Assembly’s award ceremony on Saturday. Here’s a rundown of each award and its 2022 recipient.
30 New Business Items Brought Forward
One essential bit of business conducted at IEA Delegate Assembly each year is the introduction, discussion and adoption of new IEA policy priorities called new business items or NBIs.
This year, delegates introduced no less than 30 NBIs — the highest number in recent memory.
“NBIs are where our members bring forward the most important issues facing public education today and have the opportunity to adopt measures addressing them,” said IEA President Layne McInelly.
CLICK HERE to see a rundown of each new business item introduced, deliberated and voted upon by delegates at this year’s Delegate Assembly.
Delegates Raise More Thank $24,000 for IEA Children’s Fund
Throughout the 2022 Delegate Assembly, IEA members dug deep on behalf of the IEA Children’s Fund.
The two-day silent auction at DA raised $12,948 and delegates offered up $11,103.27 in cash donations to the fund — bringing DA’s total contribution to the Children’s Fund to $24,0521.27.
DA is the most important fundraiser of the year for the Children’s Fund, which provided 373 need-based grants worth $54,689 to Idaho students and their families last year and has provided hundreds of thousands of dollars to thousands of Idaho students and their families since its inception of 1996.
IEA members and others can also CLICK HERE to make a cash donation to the Children’s Fund. Donations can also be made by shopping through AmazonSmile and designating the “IEA Children’s Fund” your beneficiary. Amazon make a small percentage donation for every eligible purchase.