Politics has its own March Madness 

March Madness isn’t restricted to basketball–clearly not in an election year.. Just over a week ago Democrats had six strong contenders for president–four men and two women, four old and two young, four moderate and two progressive. In a matter of days, four contenders dropped out. Now, many Democrats are trying to work up enthusiasm …

Education: A Master Mystery for Idaho Teachers

by Levi Cavener If you are a teacher who feels a little lost about the Master Teacher Premium–which is now also apparently being referred to as the Master Educator Premium–don’t feel bad. The legislature is equally lost in the program of their own making. A survivor of the shipwrecked tiered licensure, the master teacher premium …

Legislature: Gov. Otter’s State of the State

by Judy Ferro   For the first 30 minutes of Gov. Butch Otter’s State of the State Address, he sounded like a pretty good Democrat. Urging that we “do the right thing for the next generation,” Otter supported funding for public school programs ranging from teacher pay to classroom technology and school counsellors. He spoke …

Education: Sign the Ballot Initiatives

By Levi B Cavener There is some irony in the precarious position the Gem State has found itself in. Despite setting a goal in 2010 for 60% of Idaho’s young people under age 34 to attend postsecondary education, the Idaho legislature then decided the way to encourage young people to attend college is to significantly …

Education: Teachers content, but shortage to worsen

by Judy Ferro Teachers in 60 Washington school districts have voted for one-day strikes at a time when Idaho teachers are sounding more content than they have for years. It’s no wonder that Idaho educators are grateful for the remarkable support that Idahoans have shown for schools this year. Last week voters in 14 school …