Idaho State Board of Education

BOISE - The Idaho State Board of Education today formally adopted the recommendations put forth last fall by Governor Brad Little’s “Our Kids, Idaho’s Future” task force after meeting February 12 and 13 at Boise State University. The recommendations are intended to be a blueprint for elementary and secondary education priorities for the next five years.

The recommendations put forward include improving student literacy in grades kindergarten through 3rd grade, and creating greater access to all-day kindergarten.

Also included are building out the teacher career ladder to improve salaries for veteran teachers, providing training for teachers to address social and emotional issues in the classroom, and creating more flexibility for school districts to use state funds to address local needs.

Along with these recommendations, The Board also passed motions to oppose any additional restrictions to the current statutory framework for local control on levies, bonds or school calendars during the 2020 legislative session, and to Support the Governor’s initiatives and priorities for teacher pay and the career ladder build-out.

The Board adopted recommendations put forward by its Career Technical Education Work Group to improve CTE access and instruction statewide by utilizing regional advisory committees to engage local employers to help meet local needs