Great choice, a man with proven skills and trustworthiness! Congrats Bob!

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Idaho Education News / Geddes named to head Administration Department

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Honored to have been the first guest speaker for the newly formed Treasure Valley Naval Academy Alumni Association this evening!:

Another busy day in the books…

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Honored to be on of the legislative judges for ICAI’s Business Environmental Award once again. Some great efforts happening in our State by businesses, tough choices, but I believe we made a great decision! Then on to discussions regarding TeleDocs and how this program can be used to reduce individual and business health costs while extending health services to those who need it. Then it was off to a conference call with State Legislators from all over the nation regarding an ASL (Assembly of State Legislatures) preparing for an upcoming meeting. Finally topped the day with a reception and recognition of our 5 Wyakin Warriors who recently graduated from our program… We now have 10 alumni from the program we only started 5 years ago… Very proud of all involved!!!

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So sorry to hear of Frank’s passing. He was a friend and mentor when I worked with him in the House. He gave to others all his life, he will be missed…

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Never know who you will run into at the Capital!

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Summary of The Last Few Weeks of the Idaho Legislative Session…

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Just a quick summary of the amazing amount of work we’ve tackled in the last few weeks…

Teacher-Pay Bill
Education was top priority for the Legislature this year. HB 296 provides significant increases in teacher pay over the next five years. Governor Otter signed the $125.5 million bill into law. Also called the”Career Ladder” bill, this legislation is designed to give all teachers an annual raise beginning with a $33.5 million boost in state funding starting this year.
Sponsored in the Senate by Senator Mortimer, this bill establishes a funding model for teacher pay based on a new compensation system for both residency and professional development compensation. Many Senators voiced support for this legislation in that it provides an accountability system for raises, requiring teachers to meet certain performance requirements. In addition, teachers would be eligible for payments for additional educational degrees. Although there was debate on whether the state could afford this legislation, many agreed that investing in Idaho’s education professionals benefits Idaho’s students and economy in the long-run.
Idaho Civics Test
Passed by the Senate and House, SB 1071 is the”Idaho Civics Test” bill that requires Idaho students pass a test on 100 basic facts of United States history and civics in order to graduate. Civics is at the heart of understanding what it means to be an American citizen. From understanding how our government works to knowing who we are as a nation, this Idaho Civics Test will help every Idaho student be ready for active and engaged citizenship.
The test will be based on the United States Citizenship Civics Test for U.S. citizenship and will be available for students to test any time after enrolling in grade seven. Students may repeat the test as many times as necessary to pass it. The bill heads to the Governor’s desk.
Professional-Technical Education
Passed by the Senate and House and signed by the Governor, SB 1086 amends 33-2205 of the Idaho Code. Sponsored by Senator Thayn, this legislation improves the availability of online professional-technical education through the cooperation of several Idaho educational institutions. The bill also promotes the uniformity and transferability of these online core courses at Idaho public colleges and universities.
Passed by the House and Senate and delivered to the Governor’s desk, HB 301 reorganizes Idaho’s concealed-carry laws. The purpose of this legislation is to re-codify existing law and provide Idaho residents and law enforcement officials clear guidance on the fundamental rights of Idaho citizens regarding the carrying of concealed weapons.
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