Nine state senators and representatives are about to convene an interim legislative committee this morning on public education in Idaho.
I will be updating the committee’s work on my blog throughout the day.
Today’s agenda will include education groups discussing the needs and challenges of public education.
Richard Westerberg, chairman of Gov. Butch Otter’s Task Force for Improving Public Eduction, is expected to address the committee at 9:15 a.m. Otter’s task force has made several recommendations for improving education, including a requirement that students show a mastery in their subjects before moving on to other classes. It has also called for restoration of $82.5 million in operational money Idaho’s school districts have lost through legislative cuts since 2009.
Expect some discussion on the longitudinal data system, a program by the state to collect educational data on students. Critics have complained about the system and worry where that data will eventually end up. Idaho school officials say the information will not leave the state.