Idaho committee OKs $150 million for education funding

A committee helping oversee Idaho’s $1.25 billion share of the federal government’s $2.2 trillion coronavirus rescue package on Tuesday approved spending $150 million to help educate students.

The Coronavirus Financial Advisory Committee followed Republican Gov. Brad Little’s request from last week and unanimously approved spending $100 million to replace a similar amount cut by Little in 2020 due to pandemic-related budgetary concerns.

The committee also unanimously approved spending $50 million to be made available to parents so they’re less likely to leave the workforce or dip into household money while their children learn amid the challenges posed by the pandemic. That money will be distributed based on income and can be used to purchase educational materials, computers and other services.

The $100 million allocated to Idaho’s 310,000 school kids will be divvied up among schools at $315 per student. But officials are having to use old enrollment numbers

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House Education Committee hosting Friday meeting on COVID-19 status of football, other prep sports | High School Sports

The House Education Committee will host a hearing designed to provide more information about high school sports, including football, in 2020-21 at 9 a.m. Friday in Room 5 at the State Capitol.

The committee, chaired by Rep. Ray Garofalo, heard from LHSAA executive director Eddie Bonine and other state education leaders earlier this summer as plans for the 2020-21 school year took shape amid the coronavirus pandemic.

This meeting comes after complaints from parents and coaches over the fact that other southern states, including Mississippi, Arkansas, Georgia, Texas and Alabama, have begun their football seasons. Louisiana remains in Phase 2 of coronavirus reopening and has not started its season.

Attorney General Jeff Landry released a letter Monday imploring the LHSAA to turn on its “Friday Night Lights.” Rep. Larry Frieman also wrote a letter co-signed by about 50 legislators also asking for the football season to begin, despite Gov. John

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White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the U.S. Department of Energy Announces the National Quantum Initiative Advisory Committee

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the members of the National Quantum Initiative Advisory Committee (NQIAC), which will counsel the Administration on ways to ensure continued American leadership in quantum information science (QIS).

“Today, the White House is proud to join DOE to announce the members of the NQIAC, an important step forward for the National Quantum Initiative. We look forward to engaging with the entire U.S. innovation ecosystem to advance quantum research and innovation for the betterment of our Nation,” said U.S. Chief Technology Officer Michael Kratsios.

“The Department of Energy is proud to join the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy in the formation of the National Quantum Initiative Advisory Committee,” said Under Secretary for Science Paul Dabbar. “By organizing a way to harness our rapidly evolving quantum technologies, this

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