September 20, 2019

3/25/2019 – Sex education opt-in bill (House Bill 120) blocked in the Senate

It looks like HB120, the bill that would require parents to affirmatively opt in to allow their kids to receive sex education, has been blocked on the Senate side. And it appears that the school funding formula is unlikely to be voted on this year – there was just too much contention and uncertainty about who would win and lose. Discussions will likely continue through the summer and we’ll see a new version next year.

3/1/2019 – Progress blocked on early childhood education bill

The House Education Committee refused to even print an early childhood education bill, killing our hopes for progress on this front this year. Meanwhile, HB120, a bill that would require parents to affirmatively opt in to allow their kids to receive sex education, passed on a party-line vote (Democrats voting no) and is headed to the Floor.

1/21/2019 – Boise schools would lose $6.6 million under proposed school funding formula

A new proposed school funding formula has been put forth that is based on student enrollment and takes various other factors into account. According to this analysis, Boise schools would stand to lose $6.6 million under the proposed new formula, so I will have to give long and hard thought into whether the plan makes sense. I hope you will come to our town halls to discuss this and other important items coming up.