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.

Boise State University, Boise police agree on law enforcement contract

By: - October 12, 2021

Originally posted on on October 12, 2021 Boise State University and the Boise Police Department have agreed on a five-year law enforcement contract extension. If the State Board of Education and the Boise City Council approve the deal, the new contract would go into effect on Nov. 1, the day after the current police […]

Analysis: Another Little-McGeachin education showdown is on hold, but not permanently

By: - October 8, 2021

Originally posted on on October 7, 2021 This week, Idaho political news went national, as the Brad Little-Janice McGeachin feud went nuclear. It made for irresistible sport, without an obvious winner. Playing the acting governor card once again, the lieutenant governor played to her base with a short-lived executive order banning schools from requiring […]

Idaho Gov. Brad Little announces veto of Idaho Legislature bill to curb executive power

Sunshine reports: Little campaign haul approaches $500,000

By: - October 7, 2021

Originally posted on on October 7, 2021 Gov. Brad Little has raised close to $500,000 for his still-unannounced re-election campaign. Little has far outraised all of his presumptive rivals in the May 2022 Republican primary, including his most vocal adversary, Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin, according to state campaign finance reports. Idaho Education News reviewed […]

Rep. Heather Scott

Lawmakers could return to Boise on Wednesday — but they’re unlikely to accomplish much

By: - September 14, 2021

Originally posted on on Sept. 14, 2021 Some lawmakers could reconvene in Boise on Wednesday to protest President Joe Biden’s recent plan to mandate workplace COVID-19 vaccinations. The Statehouse session is unlikely to accomplish anything concrete. But it does illustrate Republican unrest over the Biden vaccination plan. Last week, Biden announced a new federal […]

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As Idaho schools reopen, K-12 coronavirus case numbers surge

By: - September 7, 2021

Originally posted on on September 7, 2021 The coronavirus is surging through Idaho’s K-12 schools — at a rapid rate not seen a year ago. For the week ending Friday, the state reported 1,213 new coronavirus cases involving 5- to 17-year-olds. The state releases aggregate case data by age groups, but does not release […]

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

Analysis: Will lawmakers embrace, or ignore, McGeachin’s task force?

By: - September 2, 2021

Originally posted on on September 2, 2021 For 16 hours, spread across four monthly meetings, Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin’s hand-selected education task force tried to convince anyone listening that Idaho schools have a pervasive leftist indoctrination problem. Then, at the end of its fourth meeting, the task force spent an hour sketching out recommendations. […]

Boise State COVID surge threatens face-to-face classes, campus events

By: - September 1, 2021

Originally posted on on September 1, 2021 Barely one week into fall classes, Boise State University administrators sent a stern warning Wednesday: Rising coronavirus case numbers could force the university to close down face-to-face classes and cancel campus events. “If campus infection rates continue to increase, we likely will face temporary, rolling closures, which […]

Idaho Gov. Brad Little announces a ban on state involvement in vaccine passports

Little urges caution with surplus, doubles down on vaccinations

By: - August 16, 2021

Originally posted on on August 16, 2021 Gov. Brad Little struck a cautious tone Monday about the state’s burgeoning budget surplus and chronic worker shortages. And he again renewed his push to vaccinate — to curb the accelerating surge of the coronavirus, and to keep the state’s schools open. Little stayed on these themes […]

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Idaho’s four-year universities will require masks — at least for now

By: - August 11, 2021

Originally posted on on August 11, 2021 Idaho’s public four-year schools are reinstating mask mandates — less than two weeks before the start of fall classes. But the policy isn’t yet final. The State Board of Education gets the last word, and will vote on the policy later this month. In the meantime, the […]

Idaho State Capitol

Analysis: The education culture wars go full circle, and head for a showdown

By: - July 28, 2021

Originally posted on on July 28, 2021 Idaho’s education culture wars will come full circle Thursday. That’s when Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin’s education task force meets again, focusing this time on higher education. Where Idaho’s debate began, two years ago. There’s no disputing that the controversy over critical race theory and school indoctrination has […]

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

McGeachin’s inbox: What she’s hearing on critical race theory and indoctrination

By: - July 28, 2021

Originally posted on on July 28, 2021 The bulk of emails to Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin voice support for her task force targeting indoctrination in schools. Some emailers — from across Idaho and from beyond state lines — say the effort is an overdue and gutsy attempt to curb leftist teachings. Lt. Gov. Janice […]

Analysis: In the absence of mandates, educators pin their hopes on vaccine messaging

By: - July 22, 2021

Originally posted on on July 22, 2021 As Idaho’s coronavirus case numbers surge again, vaccination numbers continue to lag. And vaccination rates are lowest among young people — just weeks before students are due to return to schools and college campuses. This puts health officials and education leaders in a bind. They say vaccines […]