Idaho education task force finalizing K-12 recommendations

An Idaho education task force is finalizing a five-year blueprint for improving the state’s K-12 public education system.

Governor Brad Little’s “Our Kids, Idaho’s Future Task Force” is one meeting away from voting on recommendations Little will consider as his priorities for education in the coming legislative session. There are five recommendations heading to the governor’s desk, one of which is state-funded, optional all-day kindergarten.

Education leaders say there’s a direct link between kindergarten and meeting expectations for reading at grade level by third grade.

Other recommendations the committee are working on relate to social and emotional support, and professional development for teachers, as well as building out and updating the career ladder, and increased flexibility in the K-12 funding formula.

Panel members say they are trying to create opportunities for students regardless of what it is they want to do, providing the skills, knowledge, and training they need to be successful.

The committee votes on its final recommendations on November 4th. (KIVITV)