This article originally appeared on the Idaho Education Association News Page on January 25, 2019

IEA Addresses House Ed; Superintendent’s Budget Request to JFAC

Idaho Education Association President Kari Overall addressed the House Education Committee with prepared remarks during the committee’s regular meeting Friday. With several legislators new to the House Education Committee, Overall took the opportunity to share the IEA’s purpose as an organization as well as its vision for public education. She mentioned the Association’s commitment to professional development and mentoring, how IEA members determine the organization’s priority, and hopes for a new task force with would build a new strategic plan for education in Idaho. The IEA’s Budget Committee was in town for its meeting and joined IEA staff in the House Education Committee meeting room to support their president.

IEA President Kari Overall tells the House Education Committee about the IEA’s vision for public education

Idaho’s Teacher of the Year Recognized

Longtime IEA member Marc Beitia was recognized by both the House and Senate Education Committees as Idaho’s 2019 Teacher of the Year. Beitia is an agriculture education teacher at American Falls High School. We profiled him recently in the IEA REPORTER.

2019 Idaho Teacher of the Year Marc Beitia speaks to the House Education Committee

Ybarra Presents Budget Proposal to JFAC

State Superintendent Sherri Ybarra proposed an 8 percent overall increase in funding for K-12 education during her presentation to the Joint Finance and Appropriations Committee. That significantly exceeds the 6.1 percent increase proposed by Gov. Little. Ybarra’s budget requests full funding for the fifth year of the Career Ladder plus another $27.8 million for increases in compensation to all Idaho teachers, not just the $40,000 minimum starting salary Little’s budget proposes. Idaho Education News has an in-depth breakdown of Ybarra’s proposal and how it differs from that of Gov. Little. Channel 6 in Boise also did a good story that includes a statement from IEA President Kari Overall. Click here for a press release from Ybarra’s office that includes links to her presentation and budget proposal.

State Superintendent Sherri Ybarra

“Teachers are Missing Out”—Education Week

An interesting article from Education Week hits on an issue of concern in Idaho. While the state has boosted salary allocation levels, the funds too often don’t make it into teacher’s paychecks. Too many districts are taking the Career Ladder allocation and making it their salary schedule, then using the extra funds for other expenses or to reduce/eliminate local levies.

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