Education task force holds first meeting. The first meeting of the “Our Kids, Idaho’s Future” Task Force focused on identifying goals for the next several months, assigning the various members to subcommittees within the task force, and reviewing the work of former Gov. Butch Otter’s education task force.

The Democratic legislators on the task force, Rep. Mat Erpelding(D-Boise), and Sen. Janie Ward-Engelking (D-Boise), expressed their optimism for the work that the task force will be doing.

“The task force and forthcoming subcommittees are meeting several times in various areas of the state before making recommendations in early October.” Erpeldingsaid. “We will be reviewing some of the current obstacles to educational success that Idaho’s children face and identifying strategies to overcome those challenges.”

Erpelding is assigned to the K-12 Budget Review: Stability and Strategic Alignment subcommittee. The subcommittee will review the entire budget for K-12 and make recommendations to the task force about changes that align with future student achievement goals.

“Idaho is susceptible to major budget swings during a recession and budget stability is critical to avoid the experiences of the last decade.” Erpelding said. “Our educational goals start and end with adequate funding. Obviously, there are some significant improvements that need to be made if we want to recruit and retain quality teachers, make all our schools safe and accessible, and give our students ample opportunity to succeed. I believe this task force is taking the right steps to unpack these challenges”

Gov. Little makes two judicial appointments. Gov. Brad Little appointed Andrea Courtney to the Third Judicial District, serving Canyon County. Courtney has been a Deputy Attorney General in the Natural Resources Division of the Office of Attorney General Lawrence Wasden for more than 10 years. She earned her law degree and a Master of Studies in Environmental Law from Vermont Law School. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Utah State University.

“I am grateful Gov. Little entrusts me with this solemn role in the third branch of government. I am excited and honored to serve the people of Idaho from Canyon County,” Courtney said.

Little also reappointed Kathy Simpson to the Idaho Judicial Council, where she has served since 2014. Simpson’s work experience includes 15 years in the financial service industry and 20 years at the Idaho National Laboratory in Idaho Falls.

“Being a member of the council has given me insight and understanding into the workings of our judicial system and the people of Idaho that it serves. I’m honored to have the opportunity to serve on the council for a second term as the public member,” Simpson said.

“Andrea and Kathy bring a great deal of experience to their positions, and I am grateful for their service to the citizens of Idaho,” Little said.

Gov. Little’s Public Schedule June 10-14

MONDAY, June 10 through WEDNESDAY, June 12, 2019 

Governor Little attends the Western Governors’ Association meeting in Vail, Colorado.

THURSDAY, June 13, 2019

Governor Little signs his latest executive order to combat opioid misuse, Governor’s Ceremonial Office, 10:30 a.m.

FRIDAY, June 14, 2019

Governor Little speaks at the renaming ceremony of Castle Rock Reserve and Quarry View Park at 9:30 a.m. The reserve is being renamed to Chief Eagle Eye Reserve and the park is being renamed to Eagle Rock Park. The location is 451 N. Quarry View Place in Boise.

Governor Little speaks at the “Indian Education Summit: Creating Culturally Responsive Schools and Communities,” Red Lion Hotel Boise Downtowner, 1800 Fairview Ave., 1 p.m.