House Declares War on Public Schools

Talk about micromanagement. HB 364 would require every public and public charter school in Idaho to start classes on the first Tuesday after Labor Day. And guess who’s sponsoring it? The House Education Committee. So members aren’t content with deciding the number of hours each student must spend in classes and which classes are required. …

Idaho House committees attack regulations

The Idaho House declared all-out war on regulations last week.   The House Education Committee led by annihilating existing standards for teacher certification and for curricula in English, math, and science.  The committee didn’t just riddle the standards with holes. They killed them outright–though the Senate Ed Committee may still resurrect them.  Existing regulations need only …

Regulations: Good or bad?

Update on my Jan. 28 column : The legislature is no longer considering a bill regulating changes in party affiliation prior to Idaho’s Presidential Primary this year.    Republicans fight big government.   That hasn’t stopped them from creating laws that allow the state government to micromanage school curricula and budgeting and to dictate how much and …

Idaho election rules in flux

The moment political junkies around the country have been waiting for is less than a week away: Iowa voters will caucus on Monday, Feb. 3. New Hampshire,  Nevada, and South Carolina primaries will follow soon.     Admittedly, this year Republicans won’t have a lot at stake in these contests.  Yet, there will be clues to how …

NLRB attacking worker rights

If you look at recent headlines, it appears workers are finally making progress.   The 11-day strike strike by 25,000 Chicago teachers–hailed as the “longest in decades”–was framed as a fight to decrease the gap in services between rich and poor neighborhoods. The city will be hiring hundreds more social workers, nurses, and librarians; spending millions …