With the 2014 legislative session well underway the issues are important and the debate is very interesting. Again this year I am serving on the Senate Agriculture, Education and Transportation Committees.
The Senate Education Committee has been addressing higher school standards. They are the nationally recognized Common Core standards and the newly developed and untested SBAC test. I must admit that current school standards have not met the goal of preparing high school students for college. Too high of a percentage of graduated seniors attending their freshman year in college are required to take remedial Math and English courses at college tuition rates for knowledge that should have been attained in high school. Newer standards need to be elevated to better prepare students for college. Whether or not it is the Common Core standards is the debate. Common Core is new and Idaho's children need not be guinea pigs for those standards. Even more compelling are the arguments against the SBAC testing. Another unproven test that will also submit Idaho's children to the role of guinea pigs. There are proven tests already being used that can . . . Read more »
The Kootenai County Republican Central Committee held a Town Hall meeting on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at the Coeur d'Alene Public Library. Senator Nonini and Representative Mendive (District 3), Representative Kathy Sims (District 4), Senator Vick and Representative Barbieri (District 2) were in attendance. The event was well attended and lasted well over two hours with many questions and much discussion on current legislative issues. … Read more
Senator Nonini sponsored and carried the legislation that created the Idaho Education Network (IEN) - this is an example of its success.
Article: Idaho Education Network connects young learners: Mudgy and Millie all around the country … Read more
The following is an excerpt from an article published in The Coeur d'Alene Press on February 27, 2014, by Dave Goins, Press Correspondent.
Sen. Bob Nonini proposed legislation Wednesday which he says would make it clear in Idaho law that state legislators need to verify whether their substitutes at the Legislature reside within the legislative district they're representing.
Calls from some of Nonini's constituents about a recent issue related to a North Idaho substitute legislator … Read more
Senator Nonini is proud of Alex and his willingness to play his violin for the Texan Republicans. Alex is pictured with his mother, Anita Bowen. He was a student of the Senator's wife, Cathyanne, when living in Idaho. We need more young people to get involved and show their support of Republican ideals! … Read more