In his State of the State address yesterday, Idaho Governor Brad Little presented a robust education plan to build Idaho’s future. His support of early literacy, college and career pathways and broadband infrastructure will help all Idaho students get back on track.
Prioritizing key investments, such as early literacy programs and courses that prepare students entering the workforce with the skills needed in today’s job market, will set Idaho’s students on a path to success in the classroom and beyond. I applaud Governor Little for his leadership and commitment to increasing education funding.
“We need to continue to invest in an education system that gives the next generation of Idahoans a solid foundation for lifelong learning and meaningful employment, here at home in Idaho.
“With all the disruptions in education delivery over the past ten months, many of Idaho’s students are experiencing a learning loss. For some students who were already on track, the learning loss could range a few months. But our needier students may have lost more than a year’s worth of learning.
“To help, my ‘Building Idaho’s Future’ plan recommends investments in literacy – my highest priority in education. We must ensure this school year is an anomaly – not a permanent system-wide flaw for Idaho’s students in the next decade or more. We must make sure all young students are on track to read by the end of the third grade.”
Governor Brad Little
Highlights in the governor’s budget proposal include:
- $20 million to enhance early literacy through a summer reading program to mitigate the education disruptions associated with COVID-19.
- $35 million for new investments in internet connectivity for underserved areas. This is in addition to a $50 million investment in broadband infrastructure last year.
- An additional $9.7 million, bringing the total to $29.7 million, for college acceleration programs that allow high school students to earn college credits while still attending high school.
- $4.8 million toward career and technical education programs to equip students with the skills needed for Idaho’s in-demand jobs.
For more on Governor Little’s State of the State address, visit his website.
Solution Areas: College & Career Pathways, Digital Access & Equity, Early Literacy
Topics: Career and Technical Education, College Acceleration