4-H Know Your Government Conference

I had breakfast with nearly 200 4-H members from all over the state who were in town to learn the inner workings of state government. They spent last weekend at the Capitol in a mock legislative session. As you may know, I am a former 4-Her and worked with 4-H kids...

School Safety

Before you read any further, I want to clarify that 99.99% of our teachers and school staff are talented, passionate and the utmost professional. They care about our kids and they put their heart and souls into preparing the future of this great nation. With that...

New Content Standards

Those of you interested in education have been hearing a lot about educational content standards, commonly known as Common Core. There is a lot of enthusiasm on both sides of this issue, which I appreciate. This week the House of Representatives voted to repeal these...

Women’s Right to Vote

This week the Idaho Senate commemorated the 100th year anniversary of women having the right to vote in Idaho. In today’s environment, that seems like an, “of course,” kind of decision. Not so in 1920, when Idaho was one of the very first states to allow women this...

Education Week at the Idaho Statehouse

This past week in the legislature, we saw a parade of education department heads and university presidents come before JFAC, each one subject to the Governors 2% budget hold back, right off the top. Then, the universities decided to not charge tuition this year,...