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Lawmakers put early-reading test back into Idaho state budget

Idaho lawmakers have come up with a new budget for the state superintendent of schools that includes the statewide rollout next year of a new version of the state’s reading assessment test for kindergartners through third-graders – which had been left out of the previous version of the budget bill.

Mary Souza’s school board election bill clears Senate panel on party-line vote

Education would improve in Idaho if the state moved its school board elections from May to November, Coeur d’Alene Sen. Mary Souza told a Senate committee on Friday, to give them more visibility and draw more voter participation. The committee approved Souza’s bill on a party-line vote, with just two minority Democrats dissenting.

Souza pulls school elections bill

Sen. Mary Souza, R-Coeur d’Alene, has just asked unanimous consent in the Senate to return her controversial school elections bill, SB 1103a, to committee. “The hope of this bill is to increase the low voter turnout all over the state in important school elections,” Souza...

Souza’s bill all about local fight

As you know, Sen. Mary Souza again is trying to move school elections from the spring in off years to the general election in even years. She claims that the move is to encourage voter turnout. But others suspect that Souza is trying to soothe the feathers of former Hard Right trustees who resigned or were voted out of office.

School elections bill follows local fight in Coeur d’Alene

In 2013, a group aligned with one slice within Kootenai County’s GOP spectrum briefly seized control of the Coeur d’Alene School Board as three conservative appointees joined two elected trustees to push the board to the right. Led by Brent Regan, a North Idaho businessman...