CFAC OKs $150 million for education funding; McGeachin calls for delay but skips meeting to attend Trump fundraiser | Eye on Boise

CFAC, the governor’s Coronavirus Financial Advisory Committee, voted unanimously today in favor of restoring the $99 million in school budget cuts and adding $50 million for Idaho families by tapping CARES Act funds, but Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin, who skipped the meeting to attend a campaign fundraiser with Donald Trump Jr. in Stanley, submitted a letter calling for putting off the vote, saying it was “no small matter” and should be studied more. She was the only one to raise any objections.

Here’s the email McGeachin sent to her fellow CFAC members just 13 minutes before the start of today’s 1 p.m. meeting:

“Dear CFAC Members:

I am not able to participate in the meeting today, but I did want to express my concerns about the proposal before you today. Spending $150 million is no small matter and we have not had an opportunity to review fully the details of

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Women Rock Science Fundraiser and Gala Goes Virtual

This year’s Women Rock Science event will take place virtually on Oct. 7. The co-chairs and host committee of the event are photographed above sporting Women Rock Science T-Shirts. // Photograph courtesy of Cranbrook Institute of Science

Cranbrook Institute of Science in Bloomfield Hills is moving Women Rock Science — an annual fundraiser and gala that spotlights women in STEAM and supports the institute’s programming — online this year.

Taking place at 7 p.m. on Oct. 1, the virtual event will comprise of a 45-minute interactive video experience on STEAM — science, technology, engineering, arts, and math — at the Cranbrook Institute of Science. The video will include a science experiment demonstration by an educator with Cranbrook, segments on the institute’s STEAM outreach programming, and spotlights on event honorees. 

This year, the fundraiser and gala is honoring three women. Patti Poppe, the president and CEO of CMS and Consumers

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