“We’ve got a huge task ahead of us,” Senate Education Chairman John Goedde, R-Coeur d’Alene, declared as he convened the first meeting of the Legislature’s K-12 Educational System Interim Committee this morning in the Lincoln Auditorium; you can listen live here. Goedde added, “Some of which was done by the governor’s task force and we will get a report on that. Some things outside of what the governor’s task force addressed will be also on the table for us. Our challenge, as I see it, is taking all these recommenations into consideration and moving forward. An interim committee report or a task force report that sits on a shelf someplace is worth nothing, so the challenge is implementation.”
This morning, the panel will hear a report from Don Soltman, president of the State Board of Education, and Mike Rush, executive director of the Office of the State Board of Education; from Tom Luna, state K-12 schools superintendent; and Richard Westerberg of the state board, who will give an update on the governor’s task force and its recent recommendations.
Then representatives of the Idaho Association of School Administrators, the Idaho School Boards Association and the Idaho Education Association will make presentations on their perspective on challenges and needs in the K-12 educational system. After that, the rest of the day’s agenda is mostly devoted to considering the longitudinal data systems the state has been implementing in both K-12 schools and higher education, how it’s working and what could be improved.