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K-12 interim committee sets its first meeting, with an unexpected focus

A legislative “interim committee” — formed to examine K-12 policies before lawmakers convene for the 2014 session — has set its first meeting.

And the meeting will have a bit of a surprising focus.

The committee will meet Sept. 12 at the Statehouse, an all-day session running from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. And the day’s agenda spells out a heavy diet of panel discussions on longitudinal data collection. It’s a sensitive issue for school districts; district officials say they have had to reassign or dedicate staff to the task of collecting data and uploading detailed monthly reports with the state. It’s also a budget issue; legislators approved a $2.5 million budget line item for district IT help in 2012-13, and followed suit for 2013-14.

To learn more about the committee’s plans, click here for my story at Idaho Education News.


Kevin Richert is a reporter and blogger at Idaho Education News ( Kevin is a former Statesman editorial page editor, with 27 year's experience in Idaho journalism.

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