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.

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 […]

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Sitting it out: Idaho’s college go-on rate falls once again

By: - February 1, 2022

Originally posted on on February 1, 2022 Idaho’s college “go-on rate” continues its pandemic plunge. In 2021, only 37% of the state’s high school graduates went straight to college, down another 2 percentage points from the previous year. In 2019, before the coronavirus pandemic, the go-on rate stood at 46%. This year’s go-on rate […]

Profane exchange between Republicans follows rejection of parental rights bill

By: and - January 19, 2022

Originally posted on on January 19, 2022 Senate Republican leadership met Wednesday morning to discuss a pair of profane Statehouse exchanges Tuesday afternoon, involving GOP state superintendent’s candidate Branden Durst and GOP state Sen. Jim Woodward. The exchange came moments after the Senate Education Committee rejected a parental rights bill proposed by Durst and […]

Ybarra makes her budget pitch — and discusses pandemic learning loss

By: and - January 17, 2022

Originally posted on on January 17, 2022 Idaho’s schools will be trying to recover from pandemic-related learning loss for years, state superintendent Sherri Ybarra said Monday, and the early data is mixed. “The impacts of the pandemic were less severe than we thought they might be, but we did see some declines in some […]

Analysis: The omicron legislative session could get worse before it gets better

By: - January 13, 2022

Originally posted on on January 13, 2022 Gov. Brad Little’s State of the State address came in at 3,058 words. Omicron wasn’t one of them. Now, “education” got 11 mentions. “Taxes” got nine. “Biden” got six — or eight, if you throw in Little’s references to “Bidenflation.” But there was no room in the […]

Six years and counting: Idaho’s supplemental school levy bill sets another record

By: - January 4, 2022

Originally posted on on January 4, 2022 Idaho’s supplemental school levy bill has set another record — for the sixth consecutive year. All told, property owners will bankroll more than $218.2 million in supplemental levies this school year, up about $1.6 million from last year’s record bill. The one- or two-year voter-approved levies have […]

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A transformative trend: Idaho draws more of its college students from out of state

By: - December 15, 2021

Originally posted on on December 15, 2021 Coming Thursday: Will shifting enrollments change the debate over higher education in Idaho? More reading: This week’s stories are a followup to “Missing Students,” an in-depth series from June, examining higher education enrollment during the pandemic. Students came back to Idaho college campuses this fall. However, many […]

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Analysis: Who will pay for all-day kindergarten in Idaho? And how many kids will get to go?

By: - December 2, 2021

Originally posted on on Dec. 2, 2021. The Idaho Supreme Court punted on the big question last week: Is it unconstitutional to expect parents to fork over fees to pay for a full day of kindergarten? The non-ruling at least puts the matter into focus, at an opportune time. When legislators return to the […]

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Conservatives see mixed results in politically charged school board election

By: - November 3, 2021

Originally posted on on November 3, 2021 A high-stakes election brought a mixed bag of victories and losses for conservative organizers driving Idaho school board elections. A string of board shakeups are now on tap after a contentious election season. Below, EdNews rounds up some of the biggest decisions voters made at the polls […]