Blake Jones

Blake Jones

Reporter Blake Jones covers the politics and the policy of Idaho's K-12 public school system for Idaho Education News. He's a lifelong Idahoan and holds degrees in creative writing and political economy from the College of Idaho. Follow Blake on Twitter @jonesblakej. He can be reached by email at [email protected]

Sherri Ybarra

Ybarra sharply rebukes ‘political posturing’ around social-emotional learning

By: - October 21, 2021

Originally posted on on October 21, 2021 State superintendent Sherri Ybarra pushed back hard against political outcry surrounding “social-emotional learning” Thursday morning, declaring that “education is under attack” by “those who have co-opted the term.” Her comments, delivered during an address at a virtual symposium on school safety, came as Ybarra’s office distances itself […]

Boise schools were sole ‘target’ of lawmaker’s indoctrination search

By: - June 16, 2021

Originally posted on on June 16, 2021 As of Monday, Rep. Priscilla Giddings’ $100,000-plus public records request for Boise school curriculum was the only one she made in her search for public school indoctrination throughout Idaho, an EdNews records request showed. Co-chair to Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin on the “Task Force to Examine Indoctrination […]

Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin presides over the Idaho Senate.

McGeachin announces indoctrination task force members

By: - May 21, 2021

Originally posted on on May 20, 2021 Janice McGeachin and her husband, Jim, stand on the steps of the Idaho State Capitol as she announced her run for Governor in Boise on May 19, 2021. Sami Edge/Idaho Education News A day after announcing she will run for governor in 2022, Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin […]

The Senate in session at the Idaho Capitol on April 6, 2021.

Senate passes key education budgets, including higher education

By: and - May 4, 2021

Originally posted on on May 4, 2021 On the 114th day of the 2021 legislative session, the education budget debates effectively came to a conclusion. On Tuesday afternoon, the Senate approved the biggest education budgets on their docket — a K-12 teacher salaries bill and a reduced higher education budget. Both of these bills […]

House passes higher ed, teacher salaries budgets

By: and - May 3, 2021

House passes higher ed, teacher salaries budgets Originally posted on on May 3, 2021 Over the course of Monday afternoon, the House finally broke a logjam on several key education budgets — including the contentious higher education budget. The House approved the higher ed budget on a 49-20 vote. The higher ed budget still […]

House sinks higher education budget, renewing ‘social justice’ debate

By: - April 7, 2021

House sinks higher education budget, renewing ‘social justice’ debate Originally posted on on April 7, 2021 Rep. Paul Amador, R-Coeur d’Alene, opened Wednesday’s higher education debate with an unusual request: He asked lawmakers to kill the budget and start the process over. The budgets of Idaho’s higher education institutions remain in limbo after the […]