News Releases


– Idaho Department of Education Seeks Input on Updates to State Graduation Requirements June 7, 2024

(BOISE) - The Idaho Department of Education seeks feedback from stakeholders representing school districts, public charter schools, postsecondary institutions and other partners as it prepares recommendations on changes to Idaho's graduation requirements. These recommendations will then be presented to the State Board of Education for review. If approved, they would be the first changes made to Idaho's graduation requirements in over a decade.

STEM Educators Invited to Collaborate and Learn at Annual STEM Conference June 4, 2024

(BOISE) – The Idaho Career Ready Students (ICRS) Council voted last week to reconsider 34 proposals from 26 districts and charters that had been recommended for funding but were not awarded due to a lack of program funds. The council is in a position to reconsider the proposals following an additional $20 million appropriation from the Idaho legislature during the 2024 session.

– Idaho Career Ready Students Council to Reconsider Grant Applications Following Additional $20M Legislative Appropriation May 29, 2024

(BOISE) – The Idaho Career Ready Students (ICRS) Council voted last week to reconsider 34 proposals from 26 districts and charters that had been recommended for funding but were not awarded due to a lack of program funds. The council is in a position to reconsider the proposals following an additional $20 million appropriation from the Idaho legislature during the 2024 session.

– Critchfield: Teaching Our Kids about the Dangers of Fentanyl May 14, 2024

(BOISE) – If you’re like me, you’ve heard about fentanyl for the last few years. And, if you’re like me, you are aware that it is an illicit drug that can have fatal consequences. At a high level, I was aware that fentanyl was a major priority for law enforcement, but beyond that, I didn’t take much more interest as I have focused on student achievement, teacher retention and school funding.

– Two Boise Seniors to be Recognized as 2024 U.S. Presidential Scholars May 9, 2024

(BOISE) – Two exceptional high school seniors have been selected as Idaho’s 2024 U.S. Presidential Scholars. They will be recognized alongside peers from around the country with one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students. This year, 161 students nationwide were selected for the award.

– Media Advisory: Superintendent Critchfield to Attend Meridian Educator Career Fair March 28, 2024

(BOISE) – Superintendent Debbie Critchfield will visit the final day of the 2024 Idaho Department of Education Educator Career Fair’s Meridian event, where she will be joined by area job-seekers and schools and districts looking to hire qualified educators. The event supports Critchfield’s goal of ensuring that Idaho classrooms are fully staffed to support student success.

– Celebrating CTE Month in Idaho February 21, 2024

By Trent Van Leuven Idaho 2024 Teacher of the Year
(BOISE) – February marks CTE Month, a time when Career Technical Education student organizations in many school districts commemorate through various activities. These students are inspired as they search for their post-K-12 educational journey thanks to CTE.

– Critchfield: Supporting Our Students Doesn’t Have to be Complicated January 24, 2024

(BOISE) – I don’t have to be on the road constantly to get feedback from Idahoans who care deeply about education. Running errands like grocery shopping or going to Costco can provide me opportunities to hear from both friends and total strangers. People like to share opinions or offer a word of encouragement, and because my weekends are spent at home in rural Idaho, my neighbors want to be sure the “big city” doesn’t change me!