Legislature 2013
10:46 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Idaho Teachers Group Says School Boards Ignoring Voter Message

Penni Cyr

Idaho legislative education leaders brokered a meeting Wednesday between Idaho Education Association representatives and representatives from the Idaho School Boards Association. The groups are at odds over a set of bills the association of school boards has introduced.

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2013 Legislature
3:53 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Idaho School Boards Want To Bring Back Parts Of 'Students Come First' Laws

Members of the Meridian Education Association negotiating in an open meeting last spring. The MEA and the district reached an agreement just before the deadline but in other districts teachers had to take the last best offer.
Credit Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

The group that represents Idaho’s school boards asked lawmakers Tuesday to bring back parts of the Students Come First laws. Voters repealed those last November.

The new bill would bring back open meetings for labor negotiations. The same bill would again allow school districts to set contract terms if negotiations with local unions were not concluded by a certain date.

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Teacher Contracts
6:05 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

Idaho School Boards Group Brings Back Parts Of Laws Voters Rejected

Credit Karen Apricot New Orleans / Flickr Creative Commons

The group that represents Idaho’s School boards has introduced four bills to the legislature on teacher labor relations. Two of them may sound familiar. They are provisions that were in the Students Come First law that voters rejected last November when they said no to ballot proposition 1.

The bill would require local teachers’ unions to prove each year they represent more than 50 percent of a district’s teachers in order to have collective bargaining. Another limits labor agreement’s to one year.

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Education Reform
8:06 am
Mon January 14, 2013

Idaho Teachers’ Union Releases 80 Ideas For Improving Schools


The Idaho Education Association (IEA) Monday released a set of recommendations for state and local policy makers. During the two year debate over Idaho’s Students Come First laws, which voters repealed in November, the statewide teachers union received frequent criticism for opposing the laws without detailing an alternate plan for school improvement. The IEA’s new document contains more than 80 policy recommendations in nine categories. 

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Education Reform
5:36 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Teachers’ Union And Governor’s Office To Talk About Next Steps For Idaho Education Reform

Penni Cyr addressing Students Come First opponents the day after voters rejected the laws.
Credit Frankie Barnhill / Boise State Public Radio

Since Idaho voters rejected the Students Come First education laws last week, both sides have spoken about the need to cooperate. A first step in that direction happens Wednesday. Idaho Governor Butch Otter - one of the chief bakers of the laws - has invited representatives from the state’s teachers union, the IEA to come to the capitol.

The IEA worked to overturn Students Come First. Otter spokesman Jon Hanian says the governor wants to create changes to the state’s education system Idahoan’s will support.

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Propositions 1, 2, 3
5:54 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Idaho’s Top Election Official Seeks Court Order Against Pro-Proposition Group

toddwendy Flickr Creative Commons

Idaho’s Secretary of State has asked a judge to order an organization that is campaigning for Propositions 1, 2, and 3 to reveal its donors. Ben Ysursa went to Idaho’s Fouth District Court Monday seeking the order against Education Voters of Idaho.

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6:27 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Idaho Teachers Learn Ways To Prevent School Bullying

Char McKinney in a training session.
Adam Cotterell Boise State Public Radio

In Washington D.C. Tuesday a national summit on preventing bullying in schools rapped up. It’s the third year the U.S. Department of Education has hosted the summit on what is a growing concern among educators and parents. In Boise Tuesday Idaho teachers came together to learn ways to prevent bullying.

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11:45 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

Idaho Teachers’ Union Endorses Incumbent Over Teacher

Nicole LeFavour
Idaho Legislature

Idaho’s teacher’s union created a hubbub when it endorsed Republican Mike Simpson in his reelection bid for Idaho's Second Congressional District. It picked Simpson over Democratic state senator and part time teacher Nicole LeFavour.

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5:11 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

Idaho’s Teachers Union Priorities Come Back To Referendum Effort

IEA delegate Pam Danielson teaches high school history and government in Orofino
Adam Cotterell Boise State Public Radio

Friday Idaho’s statewide teacher’s union began its two day annual assembly in Boise to lay down an agenda for the coming year. Many of the Idaho Education Association’s priorities come back to one item.

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5:53 pm
Thu April 19, 2012

Students Come First Repeal Tops Idaho Teachers Union Agenda

Pennie Cyr is president of the IEA.

More than 400 teachers from throughout Idaho are in Boise Friday and Saturday. They’re delegates to an assembly of the statewide teachers union. This is the 120th time the Idaho Education Association has held this annual meeting. But  this year is a little different.

Every year members of the IEA elect delegates to set the organization’s agenda. This year they’ll meet just like always. Delegates will make proposals, take votes and set priorities for the next year. But this time around there’s already an item on their list.

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