Kevin Richert

Kevin Richert

Kevin Richert writes for Idaho Education News, a nonprofit online news outlet supported by grants from the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation, the Education Writers Association and the Solutions Journalism Network.

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Idaho State Board of Education names finalists for NIC trustee vacancies

By: - May 2, 2022

Originally posted on on May 2, 2022 The State Board of Education has picked finalists for three North Idaho College trustee vacancies — a search process that will continue, despite a lawsuit. State Board officers plan to interview the eight finalists in Coeur d’Alene Thursday, and the full board plans to appoint the new […]

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A polarizing presence, at the center of North Idaho College’s dysfunction

By: - April 14, 2022

This story was originally posted on on April 14, 2022. Todd Banducci ran unopposed in November 2020, garnering more than 62,000 votes and securing a third term on North Idaho College’s board of trustees. Since then, the chairman of NIC’s board has been the polarizing presence at the core of NIC’s dysfunction. Banducci led […]

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NIC trustees resign; State Board will fill embattled college’s vacancies

By: - April 8, 2022

This story was originally published on April 8, 2022 on Idaho Education News. Two trustees have resigned at North Idaho College — leaving the embattled college’s board on a skeleton crew, and throwing the State Board of Education into the middle of the fray. Christie Wood and Ken Howard will resign effective May 3. Their […]

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Analysis: Schools move quickly, but not easily, into all-day kindergarten

By: - April 7, 2022

Originally posted on on April 7, 2022 West Ada and Twin Falls school leaders didn’t waste any time. Days after the Legislature pumped an additional $46.6 million into early literacy, the two districts announced plans to launch all-day kindergarten this fall. And the Boise School District actually beat both districts out of the gate. […]

All-day kindergarten bill runs into trouble on Idaho House floor

By: - March 16, 2022

Originally posted on on March 16, 2022 The Idaho House of Representatives quickly brought up — and then abruptly set aside — a $46 million all-day kindergarten bill Wednesday. The House will not vote on the bill until Friday. But the sudden about-face illustrated that one of Gov. Brad Little’s cornerstone K-12 bills has […]

Boise Democrat, former IEA president files for state superintendent

By: - March 9, 2022

This story was originally posted on on March 9, 2022. Days before the candidate filing deadline, the Democratic Party finally has a candidate for superintendent of public instruction. Terry Gilbert Terry Gilbert — a Boise resident and former Idaho Education Association president — has filed for the post. He joins three Republicans in the […]

After tense hearing, Idaho Senate’s all-day kindergarten bill is in limbo

By: - March 8, 2022

Originally posted on on March 8, 2022 An all-day kindergarten bill hit a major snag Tuesday afternoon, when a Senate Education Committee meeting came to an abrupt and tense end. “I think we need to adjourn the meeting and have some discussion,” said a visibly irritated Chairman Steven Thayn, R-Emmett, before dropping the gavel […]

Despite cost questions, lawmakers inch closer to academic standards overhaul

By: - March 3, 2022

Originally posted on on March 3, 2022 After years of debate, the Legislature seems close to replacing Common Core-related academic standards first adopted in 2011, and science standards last renewed in 2018. But it’s unclear how much the move will cost. In a bipartisan vote Thursday morning, the House Education Committee endorsed new math, […]

Analysis: Will all-day kindergarten pass this year? It’s complicated

By: - February 24, 2022

Originally posted on on February 24, 2022 All-day kindergarten has ample allies in the Statehouse. However, there’s a big difference between supporting a concept and passing a bill. This explains why — as the calendar creeps toward March, and legislators’ minds drift to adjournment and elections — all-day kindergarten has seemingly gone nowhere this […]

Little’s education aide joins private firm — which received a $3.5 million no-bid contract

By: - February 15, 2022

Originally posted on on February 15, 2022 Greg Wilson, Gov. Brad Little’s point person on education issues, spent the summer of 2021 working on a multi-pronged K-12 student data management project. He communicated with several potential vendors, including SAS Institute Inc., a Cary, N.C.-based data analytics firm. In October, SAS signed a $3.5 million […]

McGeachin task force member faces electioneering charge

By: - February 9, 2022

Originally posted on on February 9, 2022 A member of Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin’s education task force is facing a criminal electioneering charge in Kootenai County. The Coeur d’Alene Press reported Tuesday on the complaint against Laura Van Voorhees, stemming from her conduct as a poll worker in November. Van Voorhees, of Hayden, is […]

Analysis: Idaho’s school building problems have been neglected for years

By: - February 4, 2022

Originally posted on on February 3, 2022 We really don’t know what shape our school buildings are in. Or if we’re spending enough on upkeep. A new and damning state report is a tale of neglect. Because state officials have long treated school construction and maintenance as a local responsibility, they haven’t bothered with […]