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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Analysis: This negotiating season, will teacher pay raises meet expectations?

By: - May 26, 2022

Originally posted on on May 26, 2022 Some teachers already know what kind of raises they can expect this year. In Nampa, administrators and union negotiators are just starting to talk about dollars. Idaho school districts and charters have a windfall for teacher salaries: in Nampa, the new money comes to slightly more than […]

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State Board of Education fills out troubled North Idaho College board vacancies

By: - May 6, 2022

Originally posted on on May 6, 2022 A retired ophthalmologist, a former state senator and a human resources director will round out the North Idaho College’s shorthanded board of trustees. On Friday, the State Board of Education appointed David Wold, John Goedde and Pete Broschet to the NIC board, effective immediately. They will serve […]

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‘North Idaho College is in trouble, and that’s why we’re all here’

By: - May 5, 2022

Originally posted on on May 5, 2022 State Board of Education officials interview Brad Corkill, left, one of eight applicants for three North Idaho College trustee vacancies. Applicants for unpaid — and possibly short-term — North Idaho College board positions talked about the need to get the troubled two-year school back on track. Several […]

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North Idaho College trustees drop lawsuit; candidate interviews Thursday

By: - May 3, 2022

Originally posted on on May 3, 2022 With a lawsuit challenging the process now dismissed, interviews for three North Idaho College board vacancies will take place Thursday. The State Board of Education announced its interview schedule Tuesday, a day after NIC’s two remaining trustees dropped their legal challenge to the State Board interviews. Board […]

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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, […]