Tag: Education

2021.06.10 | Biden’s Bureaucratic Plans for American Families: Education

The Biden Administration has proposed massive new education spending as a part of its American Families Plan. But will its prescriptions for universal preschool and “free” community college reap the academic benefits American students need? Education policy professionals won’t want to miss this 30-minute Policy Pulse discussion on why the Biden Administration’s education plans head the wrong…

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2021 Legislative Update: Week 13

EDUCATION New Legislation: House Bill 377 would protect free speech and prohibit K-12 teachers and professors of higher education institutions from requiring students to adopt a position on any issue personally. It promotes non-discriminatory practices in the classroom and allows for funds to be retracted from a school if there is a violation of this…

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2021 Legislative Update: Week 9

EMPLOYMENT & TAXES New Legislation: This week, Senate Bill 1161, introduced by Senator Jim Guthrie (R-McCammon), was referred to the Senate Commerce and Human Resources Committee and sent to be amended.  This bill would add regulation to the system of apprenticeships for electricians.  The system would designate one journeyman electrician to every two apprentices. New Legislation:…

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2021 Legislative Update: Week 8

ECONOMY, TAXATION, AND TRANSPORTATION Update: Senate Bill 1041, introduced by Senator Jim Guthrie (R-McCammon), would adjust a section of code that bans businesses and individuals from charging excessive prices for pharmaceuticals, water, food and fuel during a state of emergency (also known as price gouging). This bill amends that law to clarify that an exorbitant…

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2021 Legislative Session: Week 7

ECONOMY, TAXATION, AND TRANSPORTATION New Legislation: House Bill 209 would funnel federal dollars that Idaho is currently receiving for Medicaid into a savings fund called a “stabilization fund.” These funds would be used if the Medicaid program ever overstepped its appropriated funds in the future. Idaho currently has massively overstepped its Medicaid budget by an…

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2021 Legislative Update: Week 6

ECONOMY & TAXATION New Legislation: Representative Steven Harris has introduced a bill, House Bill 199, to lower the state income tax and sales tax. This would create ease on low-income families as it repeals the grocery tax credit and would create $284,000,000 in total tax relief. This bill is currently in the House Revenue and…

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Action Alert: Parental Notice to Opt-Out of SBAC

Parents across Idaho are refusing to allow their children to participate in the end-of-year school testing. This testing is called the ISAT 2.0 or SBAC. It is usually administered in early to mid-March. (For context, click HERE for a letter from the Idaho chapter of National Education Guardians, dated February 16, 2020.) All parents should…

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2021 Legislative Update: Week 5

ECONOMY & TAXATION New Legislation: House Bill 140 was introduced this week, sponsored by Representative Priscilla Giddings. This bill would prohibit any government entity in Idaho from contracting with a company that discriminates against their employees based on vaccination status. Update: House Bill 7 would allow Idaho to diversify the forms of funds it holds. …

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2021 Legislative Update: Week 4

ECONOMY & TAXATION New Legislation: Senate Bill 1041 introduced by Senator Jim Guthrie would prohibit excessive price increases during a declared emergency, amending an already existing law. The bill would protect consumers from unfair pricing in trade and commerce. This week, the legislation was passed out of the Senate Commerce and Human Resource Committee and…

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Why Educational Freedom?

As January comes to a close, school choice week in Idaho begins.  The Madison Liberty Institute stands with the citizens of Idaho and their freedom to choose the educational opportunities that best fit their family’s needs.  There are three key reasons why educational freedom is an important issue for Madison Liberty.  Educational freedom builds competition…

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