As the 2016 Legislative session comes to a close, or as it is referred to in the Legislature, Sine Die, I want to keep you updated on our successes this year.
Education funding and policies are a priority and they should be. A well-educated citizenry and a well-educated workforce is and should be the Legislature’s focus. Two particular bills that passed with overwhelming support were House Bill 451 and Senate Bill 1333. HB 451 created a new section of Idaho Code that highlights the importance of collaboration between the home and school in a student’s success in reading at grade level by the end of the third grade. and SB 1333 creates the Broadband Infrastructure Investment Grant Fund (BIIG Fund). The fund will provide opportunities for school districts that need it most to invest in broadband infrastructure.
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) legislation and funding has been a priority of mine for the last two years. Four important pieces of legislation that relate to STEM...Read more »
Senator Bob Nonini recently interviewed on Idaho Local Edition:
Photos from the recent STEM Matters event during Education Week (all photos by Otto Kitsinger for the Idaho STEM Action Center):
Watch this animation video created at the STEM Matters event. The video was made with Wondermedia Storymaker. Enjoy!!
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The following is excerpted from the Idaho.gov website on February 1, 2017.
Membership Announced for Higher Ed, Workforce Development Task Forces
(BOISE) – Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter announced the full membership rolls today for two new task forces created to study and recommend how best to address Idaho’s “K-through-Career” education and job training needs beyond high school.
The Governor’s 36-member Higher Education Task Force and 17-member Workforce Development Task Force both have … Read more
The following article was originally published in The Coeur d'Alene Press on November 18, 2015, by Idaho State Senator Bob Nonini (R-Coeur d'Alene). It has been republished here with express permission from The Coeur d'Alene Press.
Idaho is blessed with incredible natural resources that should sustain our communities and grow Idaho’s economy. However, misguided policies coming out of Washington, D.C., created by individuals who don’t understand our Idaho values, threaten the use of these … Read more
The following article was originally published in The Coeur d'Alene Press on March 1, 2016, by Brian Walker, Staff Writer. It has been republished here with express permission from The Coeur d'Alene Press.
POST FALLS — Proponents of a future state veterans home in Post Falls are marching forward in their quest to secure funding for the facility.
Sen. Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d'Alene, said it may be about seven years before the facility is built, unless an appropriations bill before Congress … Read more
I am pleased that the STEM Action Center has passed both Chambers - this will be a terrific asset and tool for the students of Idaho.
The following article was originally published in The Coeur d'Alene Press on May 4, 2014, by Brian Walker. It has been republished here with express permission from The Coeur d'Alene Press.
Many spokes have formed around Idaho's STEM education in recent years, and a hub for those spokes is coming through the Idaho Legislature.
The Joint … Read more