We marked yet another busy week at the State Capitol.This newsletter offers a brief recap of Week Three.
The capitol was alive with all things educational last week: students from Boise High School getting well acquainted with the capitol doing a scavenger hunt, presentations to our Education and Joint Finance and Appropriations Committees from our public colleges and universities, the Superintendent Of Public Instruction, State Board of Education, and displays throughout the rotunda from a wide array of professional technical entities, PTA, university clubs, a phenomenal STEM presentation and a visits from students from across Idaho. What an exhilarating week. It was terrific to talk with students, educators and parents. We had the opportunity to receive reports on strategic initiatives and funding plans for the coming year. Notable was a call from Supt. Ybarra for a 7.5% increase in public school funding, a push for greater investment in higher-ed scholarships, and a presentation in support of the Idaho STEM Action Center.
We have certainly hit the ground running this year. Since the Governor's State of the State speech kicked off the Legislative Session, we have kept quite busy in Week 2, introducing and reviewing quite few pieces of legislation. This week, offers the latest update on our efforts to "Add the Words," highlights from the State of Judiciary Speech, and much, much more. Let's begin!
Happy New Year!
"The time is always right to do what is right." These words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. call out to us today as we honor his legacy on the Dr. Martin Luther King/Idaho Human Rights Day. His words call us to action, now, at this time and in this place. His words call us to be courageous, deliberate, and purposeful in the action we take. We have the opportunity, the choice, and the duty to do what is right for our children, our community, and our state.