The 2014 legislative session could be pivotal for K-12 in Idaho.
At stake: the 20 far-reaching recommendations from Gov. Butch Otter’s education task force; the new Idaho Core Standards in math and English language arts; and (as usual) money. Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna wants a 5.4 percent increase for public schools; Otter’s budget request is likely to come in lower.
At Idaho Education News, we’ve taken an in-depth look at what to expect from the session, which opens Monday.
- The budget. With a teacher career ladder plan on hold, there could be $26 million up for grabs for K-12.
- The task force recommendations. The prospects are somewhat spotty — especially when it comes to teacher salaries and technology.
- Common Core. Will critics take a run at repealing the standards? They may face an uphill fight.
- The key players. A scouting report on who to watch in the 2014 session — and what to expect from them.