HB 521 was just passed out of the full house. 61-6. Onto the senate.
Thursday, Feb. 22. House Ed is hearing a number of new RSs. Rep. Furniss is re-introducing his Super majority bill. Rep. Horman is introducing a bill that moves Broadband from the state board back to the SDE. Rep. Palmer is introducing a bill that may be of interest on libraries, school boards, and Hispanic Education. We will keep you posted on this one. Finally, an RS on early childhood services from Rep. Blanksma. watch it at https://www.idahoptv.org/shows/idahoinsession/ew41/
Happy Wednesday. It was a busy day yesterday. HB 521 Facilities moved out of Rev. and Tax committee and it is now headed to the full house. Today in House Ed will be three bills and an RS. Rep. Furniss will be introducing legislation that will change the super majority. https://www.idahoptv.org/shows/idahoinsession/ew41/
Happy President's Day. It will be a busy week down here at the State House. We should be hearing both H 447 tax credit (voucher) and H 521 Facilities sometime this week. Stay tuned for those two. School Boards also are hosting Day on the Hill today and tomorrow, so there will be lots of School Board members and Superintendent here as well. Today in house ed and Senate ed, there will be presentations by Ryan Cantrell on Data Driven Instruction as well as a presentation on AI. There are two new RSs in House Ed . Adult workforce diploma program and outcomes-based funding. House Ed starts at 9am MT and you can watch it live at https://www.idahoptv.org/shows/idahoinsession/ew41/
Thursday, Feb. 15. House ed will be meeting at 9am MT. there are two RSs on the docket. One dealing with military leave for public school employees and on on teachers and corporal punishment. They will just be read today and decided if they are going to be printed into a bill. watch it live at https://www.idahoptv.org/shows/idahoinsession/ew41/
Senate Ed has a vote on the Gubernatorial Re-appointment of Cally Roach to the state board of education and Sup. Critchfield will be talking about the U.S. Senate Youth Program. Senate Ed is at 3pm MT. https://www.idahoptv.org/shows/idahoinsession/ww55/
Happy Valentine's day! House Ed has three bills and two RSs up this morning. H 529 on charter school funding, H500 opportunity scholarship, H 539 School harassment and bullying. The two Rss are on Holocaust education and Reading assessment exemption. 9 am MT and watch it at https://www.idahoptv.org/shows/idahoinsession/ew41/
There is not a whole lot in Senate Ed today. Have an amazing day.
Feb. 7. Senate State Affairs will hear the new library materials bill at 8:00am MT this morning. It will be an RS today and is the combination of several other library bills that we have already seen printed this year. Hopefully we will have a bill number by tonight or early tomorrow. https://www.idahoptv.org/shows/idahoinsession/ww55/
House and Senate Ed will be hearing from Clay Long at CTE and an RS on Idaho opportunity scholarship. https://www.idahoptv.org/shows/idahoinsession/ew41/
We are still waiting for the facilities bill to come out in House Rev and Tax Committee as well as H 447 to be debated in this same committee. Stay tuned.
IETA conference kicks off today at the Center on the Grove!
IETA has their annual Conference that starts tomorrow, Feb. 7 and runs through Friday, Feb. 9. I hope to see many of you there and looking forward to a great few days with IETA! This link is to the 3-day schedule. https://ieta2024.sched.com/
Tuesday, Feb. 6. We have a busy day in House Ed. There will be 4 bills heard today. HB 450 School District Activity Funds, HB 452 Digital Learning Academy, HB 454 Advanced Opportunity Scholarship, and HB 453 Board of education, regions. House Ed will start at 9am MT. https://www.idahoptv.org/shows/idahoinsession/ew41/
Tax Credits and the long awaited Facilities bill could all drop tomorrow or Thursday.
Monday Feb. 5. House Ed will be hearing the annual updates for the IDEAL Program and then our Madame Chair will be doing some minutes and housekeeping items. you can watch it live at 9 am MT: https://www.idahoptv.org/shows/idahoinsession/ew41/
Over in Senate State Affairs, Sen. Cook is having his bill, SB 1253 dealing with establishing provisions requiring certain internet filters on computer devices used by children. Basically a switch that can be turned off on you tablets or phones that does not allow porn.
While today may be a little slow, we anticipate the tax credit "voucher" bill to be heard this week, the facilities bill should run on Wednesday or Thursday, and the IETA conference is at the center on the Grove the end of the week. Stay tuned, it will become a busy week!
HB 415 guns in school passes the Full House after an hour of debate. It now moves to Senate State Affairs Committee.
House Revenue and Taxation Committee are hearing the RS on the tax credit for private schools. This will be the first Voucher attempt this year. It is being brought by Rep. Horman From Idaho Falls. It will pass as an RS and be given a bill number.
Jan. 30. House and Senate Ed will hear from Idaho Association of colleges of Teacher Education and more Rules today. Not too much going on in the education committees. HB 415 Concealed Carry in schools will be up sometime this his week in Senate state affairs. We will keep you posted. You can catch House Ed live today at 9am MT. https://www.idahoptv.org/shows/idahoinsession/ew41/
Senate education will be hearing an RS on giving teachers each a dollar amount to spend on their classrooms. This is a similar bill that has been run for the past few years. This will be heard at 3pm MT. https://www.idahoptv.org/shows/idahoinsession/ww55/