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.

Eighteen months, 5,000 students: Idaho colleges and universities face a deep enrollment decline

By: - June 21, 2021

Originally posted on on June 21, 2021 Idaho’s public colleges and universities have lost more than 5,000 students since the pandemic. It’s not worst-case scenario stuff. The 18-month dropoff was 8.7%, but administrators feared a 20% decrease. By placing a premium on face-to-face learning — in the midst of a public health crisis — […]

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State Board of Education endorses full-day kindergarten

By: and - June 16, 2021

Originally posted on on June 16, 2021 The State Board of Education wants Idaho to fund full-day kindergarten. On Wednesday, the board gave the idea its unanimous support, the first step in a process that could play out through the 2022 legislative session. The State Board wants to free up state dollars for full-day kindergarten […]

Analysis: Report raises important questions about two fast-growing programs

By: - June 10, 2021

Originally posted on on June 10, 2021 Idaho spent about $3 million on coursework and scholarships for students who didn’t pursue college. And that was just in one year, according to legislative researchers. The $3 million is just a fraction of what Idaho spends on its Advanced Opportunities and Opportunity Scholarship programs — but […]

Who is Boise State’s mystery accuser? Boise State isn’t saying

By: - May 25, 2021

Originally posted on on May 25, 2021 On March 15, a community leader contacted Boise State University, claiming to have seen video evidence of a student being harassed during a diversity class. An outside investigative report released Monday exonerated Boise State — but did not identify the non-student behind the complaint. On Tuesday, the […]

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Investigators find no wrongdoing in Boise State diversity course

By: - May 24, 2021

Originally posted on on May 24, 2021 An independent investigation of a Boise State University diversity course found no evidence of wrongdoing. What’s more, investigators from the Boise law firm Hawley Troxell found no signs of student indoctrination — the very conduct legislators targeted with a law passed in the waning days of the […]

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State Board of Education makes tuition freeze official

By: - May 18, 2021

Originally posted on on May 17, 2021 Calling the move a linchpin in college access and affordability, the State Board of Education Monday approved a second consecutive year of tuition freezes at Idaho’s four-year schools. The 2021-22 freeze covers in-state, undergraduate students. Next year’s tuition and fees break down as follows: University of Idaho, […]

Analysis: A stalemate session, with few clear victors

By: - May 14, 2021

Originally posted on on May 13, 2021 Wednesday, Day 122, beautifully summed up a legislative session of discord, distrust and dysfunction. Still bitter from 2020, and smarting from Gov. Brad Little’s executive pandemic actions, House Republicans insisted on recessing until some later date — so they could unilaterally return to town without waiting on […]

Analysis: Funding higher education, on the basis of anecdotes and narrative

By: - May 6, 2021

Originally posted on on May 6, 2021 (EDITOR’S NOTE: Over the next year, Idaho Education News will provide in-depth, ongoing coverage of the challenges facing higher education during the coronavirus pandemic. Here’s our latest installment in this project.) Lawmakers turned up the fiscal pressure on higher education this year — on the basis of […]

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 […]

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Analysis: A bad week and a rough session for the facts

By: - April 29, 2021

Analysis: A bad week and a rough session for the facts Originally posted on on April 29, 2021 The 2021 Legislature took its ugliest turn on its 108th day, when the House Ethics Committee weighed a sexual assault complaint against first-year Rep. Aaron von Ehlinger. Committee members tried to keep Wednesday’s hearing focused on […]

Reclaim Idaho files new K-12 education funding initiative

By: - April 29, 2021

Reclaim Idaho files new K-12 funding initiative Originally posted on on April 29, 2021 The group behind the 2018 Medicaid expansion initiative is adopting a two-pronged political strategy. Reclaim Idaho is planning to sue the state over a new state law that could make it much more difficult to get an initiative on a […]