Idaho's new schools superintendent will face a long list of challenges:
- The governor's education task force spelled out a series of 20 reform recommendations, but the 2014 Legislature implemented only parts of some. Much of the hard work will fall to the next superintendent.
- The state is working on a new formula to boost pay for starting and veteran teachers. This is the task force's costliest recommendation, with a price tag exceeding $250 million.
- The state is piloting programs to see how individual computing devices can affect learning. How should the state expand use of classroom computers statewide, and at what price?
- Idaho has joined more than 40 other states in adopting Common Core standards. The standards and a lengthy online exam will roll out on the next superintendent's watch.
On May 5th, City Club of Boise will host the four Republicans who want to succeed Tom Luna: John Eynon of Grangeville, Andrew Grover of Melba, Randy Jensen of American Falls, and Sherri Ybarra of Mountain Home.This is your chance to ask the candidates about their vision for Idaho schools- and how they believe their education backgrounds prepares them for the task ahead.
(City Club of Boise will invite the Republican nominee and Democratic candidate Jana Jones to appear in a separate forum this fall.)