IEA Region 8

Idaho Education Association Region 8 News and Information This page will be devoted to sharing information, ideas, and encouragement for educators and education supporters, specifically in Region 8 of the IEA.

Region 8 includes Bruneau-Grandview, Caldwell, Kuna, Melba, Meridian, Mountain Home, Nampa, NNU, Pleasant Valley, Prairie, and Vallivue.

Operating as usual


IF YOU LIVE IN BOISE OR MERIDIAN (or anywhere in the Treasure Valley TBH)
Please email or call Senator Fred Martin And Senator Chuck Winder and tell them to vote NO on HB294. The Senate voted down the measure today, a win for public schools, but now they are considering a rev-vote TOMORROW. HB294 would allow public tax dollars to be used to pay private school tuition. This would result in fewer resources for Idaho's public schools! Call or email NOW!

[email protected]
Home (208) 447-9000
Statehouse (208) 332-1407

Chuck Winder (R)
[email protected]
President Pro Tempore
Home (208) 853-9090
Statehouse (208) 332-1354

IF YOU LIVE IN BOISE OR MERIDIAN (or anywhere in the Treasure Valley TBH)
Please email or call Senator Fred Martin And Senator Chuck Winder and tell them to vote NO on HB294. The Senate voted down the measure today, a win for public schools, but now they are considering a rev-vote TOMORROW. HB294 would allow public tax dollars to be used to pay private school tuition. This would result in fewer resources for Idaho's public schools! Call or email NOW!

[email protected]
Home (208) 447-9000
Statehouse (208) 332-1407

Chuck Winder (R)
[email protected]
President Pro Tempore
Home (208) 853-9090
Statehouse (208) 332-1354

Response to Mr. Doyle Beck’s Guest Opinion and a message for the Idaho House of Representatives regarding HB 174 and their fear of teacher labor unions. | IEA 03/27/2021

Response to Mr. Doyle Beck’s Guest Opinion and a message for the Idaho House of Representatives regarding HB 174 and their fear of teacher labor unions. | IEA

Spot on! Guess what the teachers’ union is... teachers. Saying you support teachers but not their union is gaslighting at its finest.

Response to Mr. Doyle Beck’s Guest Opinion and a message for the Idaho House of Representatives regarding HB 174 and their fear of teacher labor unions. | IEA HB 174 is a bill that TARGETS teachers. It is an anti-teacher, anti-education bill that basically declares war on Idaho’s public schools and professional educators. As Senator Dave Lent stated during the Senate Education Committee hearing, this bill could very well be the last straw for many educa...


The Idaho Senate is considering HB221 that would allow school districts to hire noncertified individuals as content specialists in our public schools and certify them as teachers. They would never need to go through any alternative authorization process or attempt to get certified traditionally. They would need ongoing PD from certificated instructors but never need to get ongoing education credits for recertification. And worst of all, students would not receive their constitutionally guaranteed right to a uniform public education. Parents should be outraged, teachers should be outraged. Hiring uncertified people to fill vacancies is NOT the way to deal with our teacher shortage.

#wrongmoveforIdahoclassrooms #thisdoesntsolvetheproblem

Tell the senate committee to vote NO on HB221. [email protected]
This bill will be heard next Monday.

The irony of the ‘Idaho way’ when it comes to school vouchers for private education 03/09/2021

The irony of the ‘Idaho way’ when it comes to school vouchers for private education

Our very own Joanne Holtz on the duplicitous arguments from those who favor private school vouchers, specifically HB 215.

The irony of the ‘Idaho way’ when it comes to school vouchers for private education Ironically, the people criticizing programs for underserved students and subsidies for low-income families are now advocating educational welfare in Idaho, writes a retired Idaho teacher in this guest opinion piece.


Idaho Education Association

IEA Statement on the Governor's State of the State Address.

Governor’s Budget Shows Promise, but Lacks Bold Vision Needed
“Governor Little’s budget proposal checks some important boxes, but it lacks the bold vision and initiative Idaho students deserve. Idaho’s prosperous economy, a budget surplus of more than $600 million, and a growing population make this an ideal time to show true commitment to our students, schools, and professional educators.

The restoration of funds cut through Gov. Little’s emergency holdback and funding growth in the Career Ladder to increase compensation for veteran teachers are certainly positive steps. So are his commitment to Advanced Opportunities, early childhood literacy, and the concept of establishing a mental health support structure in rural schools. Increasing broadband capability will also be a big help to students and schools.

However, Idaho remains 51st out of the 50 states and the District of Columbia in per-student funding. Insufficient state funding leads to record amounts of local levies year after year, which puts the property tax burden back on local communities and creates significant inequities in opportunity and access.

Personnel shortages and class sizes have been brought to the forefront by the pandemic. Idaho schools are dealing with a shortfall of personnel—not just teachers, but counselors, nurses, paraprofessionals, custodial staff, transportation workers and the myriad of staff who contribute to the education and growth of our children. Support staff frequently work for subsistence wages and this budget ensures them another year of acute poverty.”

Layne McInelly
President, Idaho Education Association 01/04/2021

Kathy Neufeld: Idaho CapEd Foundation Grant Recipient

Congratulations Kathy! Idaho CapEd Foundation Grant RecipientDecember 2020Onward with Distance Learning!Kathy NeufeldCaldwell Online Academy - CaldwellSee more teachers or submit y... 12/30/2020

IEA Annual Awards: 2021 | IEA

Region 8! Submit your IEA Awards nominations before the deadline!

The past few years IEA has recognized a lot of the hard work of our colleagues in our region. It’s because we’ve taken the time to share our stories of their dedication by getting in nominations. Let’s continue to lift up our brothers and sisters!! Each year the Idaho Education Association hands out awards to deserving members who exemplify the ideals of the Association in a variety of ways. The awards are typically presented at Delegate Assembly, so as we move to a virtual DA, we are working on a way for recipients to talk about their student... 12/08/2020

Teachers of the Year: Prioritize Safety, Invest in Idaho Schools Parents and community members need to be a part of the solution, not a part of the problem. And targeting blame at educators who prioritize their own health and that of their families is far too pr… 10/10/2020

Time for a New Script | IEA

Join the Fight Today! 2020 feels like we are living in a simulation of a bad version of the movie Groundhog Day and someone needs to fix the script–fast. Educators are routinely boxed into having to make impossible choices in this script. None of the choices presented leave us with any real satisfactory answers. Here a...


After being thrown into an entirely virtual world last spring there seems to be an underlying expectation that educators are constantly available to students, parents, administrators, and colleagues.

Set boundaries and hold other people accountable for respecting them. Put in your oxygen mask before assisting others.

[09/27/20]   Check your personal email address for your Region 8 Special Election ballot!

Voting ends at 5pm October 9. 07/10/2020

Webinar: Safely Returning to In-Person Instruction · The National Education Association

NEA is hosting a tele-townhall tomorrow to discuss reopening. Register and attend to learn your rights! ### *Rights and Considerations for Educators* **NEW: Second Date Added** Join us for an informative webinar about returning to in-person instruction with NEA’s Office of General Counsel and Collective Bargaining and Member Advocacy teams. In this webinar, we’ll discuss: - Recommendations from th... 06/23/2020

Caldwell teachers union fights changes to special education program

Stand with Caldwell students, educators and community members, sign and share today! (Link to Petition in Comments) The district plans to shift some positions to third-party providers, after a review found special education services are “overstaffed in some areas and understaffed in others.”


Idaho Education News

Share how you are addressing institutional racism and inequalities in your classrooms!

Teachers: Do you talk to your students about race?

We want to know how Idaho educators address the conversation of race and racial justice in their classrooms. Do you have this conversation with your students? Do you feel equipped to have this conversation?

Please, comment below or send us a message. You can also reach reporter Sami Edge directly at [email protected]. 06/05/2020

Standards Review Nomination Form

Interested in participating in the content standards review? Fill out this form by June 19th to apply! Please click the link to complete this form. 05/12/2020

Teachers unions to local school districts: 'If a global pandemic doesn’t qualify as a 'rainy day', we don’t know what does'

Over 60 local unions signed on, including all of our Region 8 Presidents! Solidarity with our students and colleagues! In an open letter to school districts, teacher unions called on districts to not cut staffing levels when facing budget cuts.


Summer Institute is still on for July 2020 - and like most things it'll just look a little different.

Mark your calendars now and plan to attend!

This is the berries! The IEA Center for Teaching and Learning is excited to bring Summer Institute 2020 to you in your home.

Stay tuned for more information on how to register for this sockdollager. You will have the opportunity to earn up to 3 credits while choosing from 30 different classes that will be presented in a live platform.


Self-Care for Educators



Idaho State Department of Education

Update on Idaho State Board of Education Actions - April 13, 2020

CARES Act Waiver
The Board approved Idaho’s submission of a waiver for flexibility authorized by the CARES Act. Through the waiver, an LEA would be able to carry over more than 15 percent of its Title I, Part A funds, even if they had received approval to exceed this limitation in the past three years. Idaho would be able to extend the period of availability of FY 2018 funds for programs in our consolidated State plan to allow additional time to obligate those funds. We would also be able to permit an LEA to use its Title IV, Part A funds to best meet its needs without regard to content-area spending requirements, spending limits on technology infrastructure, or completing a needs assessment. In addition, by obtaining the waiver of the definition of professional development, LEAs would be able to conduct time-sensitive, one-time or stand-alone professional development focused on supporting our educators to provide effective distance learning. The waiver was submitted April 13 to the US Dept. of Education. This waiver is different and separate from the actual application for the stimulus funds. US Dept. of Education has until April 26, 2020, to send states the application for the CARES Act funds.

Driver Training Waiver of Requirements
The Board acted to waive subsection 2.2.4 and 2.2.6 of the Driver Education Program Manual incorporated by reference in IDAPA for the remainder of the 2020 calendar year. The manual contains the requirement that classroom instruction and behind-the-wheel instruction be delivered concurrently and sequentially, and that classroom instruction not be substantially completed or completed before a student starts in-car driving instruction. In response to the pandemic, additional flexibility will allow students to continue online classroom instruction that is not concurrent and sequential with behind-the-wheel instruction. This waiver will also allow students to continue and complete their learning online prior to starting in-car practice.

Read more regarding CARES Act funding for Higher Ed and how Dual Credit will be awarded in the Board's press release: 04/08/2020

His View: We’re here for our students, and we miss them

IEA President, Layne McInelly, sharing the perspecitve of where educators are right now! In addition to adjusting schedules and instruction methods, Idaho educators are also dealing with another side effect of the COVID-19 public health crisis and the soft closure of schools — 04/08/2020

Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Covid 19 and Student Loans. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

Register today!
IEA "Covid-19 and Student Loans" Webinar
Monday, April 13, at 5:00pm Mountain time.

Important topics that will be covered:
-Automatic suspension of payments on some federally-held student loans for 6 months
-Automatic waiving of interest on federally-held student loans for 6 months
-How this affects borrowers applying for Public Service Loan Forgiveness
-Other updates and a Q&A IEA staff will answer your questions about new benefits from the CARES Act that can assist people struggling to make their student loan payments during this unprecedented time. Important topics that will be covered: -Automatic suspension of payments on some federally-held student loans for 6 months....

[04/07/20]   The nomination period for Region 8 President, Vice President, and Secretary has been extended to 5:00pm Monday, April 13th!

If you're interested in one of these positions please message us here at the IEA Region 8 page!


We are so proud of our amazing members - continuing to persevere during this incredibly difficult times! Jennifer Gingerich, you are a rock star!

cc: Nampa School District - Nampa Education Association

Mrs. Gingerich, a teacher at Ronald Reagan Elementary, visited a student to drop off a scholastic book she had ordered. While she was there, the two played tic-tac-toe and hangman, ending with this positive message - I Am Brave. #NSDOnline #NSDCares 04/01/2020

Idaho Education Association

Quarantine can't stop IEA Region 8 from fighting for the schools our students deserve! #Red4Ed

Thanks Jodie Sebolt for letting us steal your idea! :-) The Idaho Education Association (IEA) is a voluntary membership organization of Idaho elementary and secondary teachers, educational support professionals.


Idaho Education Association

#Red4Ed #Solidarity

Tomorrow is #RedforEd. At this time, more than ever show your support for one another and educators, post photos wearing your red! 03/27/2020

Add Your Name! Keep our Education Support Professionals whole during this time of crisis.

Have you signed the petition yet??? Not all school employees work for a district that will do what's right to support our colleagues. Add your name to the list of people who support ALL our educators and the work that they are doing in this time of crisis! Our educators are respected pillars in our community and stand ready to serve our students during this unprecedented time of need. School districts have a responsibility to use the funds that have already been allocated to keep these indispensable employees whole during this time of crisis. Show the...


Idaho Education Association

The IEA Board of Directors will be releasing a full list of recommendations in the next day, including how we continue to support our students and communities.

IEA Calls for Idaho Schools to Close Amid COVID-19 Crisis

The Idaho Education Association calls on the state to close all schools for at least three weeks, including spring break, with ongoing evaluations of the situation, to help address the COVID-19 health crisis.

“Education leaders are uniquely positioned to help “flatten the curve” and stave off a massive health crisis,” says Layne McInelly, President of the Idaho Education Association. “Recognizing that school buildings often hold more than 250 people, five days a week, we must close our schools immediately for the health of our communities, students and staff.”

“Closing our schools will help prevent this disease from peaking, which would severely compromise our healthcare system and force a triage of life-saving care for patients. Schools are environments where viruses are likely to spread exponentially. The day a case is confirmed in one of our schools is the day after we should have closed the schools. The time to act is now,” says McInelly.

The Idaho Education Association Board of Directors will be issuing a statement with a series of recommendations for school districts in the next day.


Idaho Education Association

The IEA Board of Directors does not take the current situation lightly. The health and safety of our students and their families and our colleagues and their families is our highest priority.

The IEA has canceled its 2020 Delegate Assembly and Annual Meeting, which had been scheduled for April 17-18 in downtown Boise. The IEA Board of Directors made the decision in a unanimous vote because of concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

We fully recognize the gravity of the current situation and our responsibility to do our part in flattening the curve of the COVID-19 outbreak and easing pressure on Idaho’s health care system, the health of our members, Idaho students, and people throughout the state must be our top priority during this unprecedented crisis.

This is not a step we take lightly, but we know it is the right thing to do for the well-being of all concerned. To the best of our knowledge, Delegate Assembly has not been canceled in the 128-year existence of the IEA. However, we have never before been faced with such unique and dangerous circumstances.





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