On The Wednesday, January 9, 2019 Edition Of Idaho Matters

Jan 8, 2019
  • Efforts to pass Marsy's Law in the Idaho Legislature.
  • Idaho Education Association responds to Governor Little's State of the State.
  • Technology shows up in children's literature.
  • How to use your new telescope.

- Marsy's Law passed in California in 2008 to provide legal protections and access to information for victims of abuse. Eight other states have passed the law but in the last session, the bill fell short of passage in the Idaho legislature. Idaho Matters talks with victims' advocates about efforts to re-introduce the law.

- In his first state of the state speech, Governor Brad Little proposed minimum salaries for teachers and  increases in education spending. We'll speak with the Idaho Education Association about the proposals and how much these initiatives could move the needle insofar as improving education in the Gem State.

- Young Sadie's best friend Penny received an e-tablet as a gift and as soon as she logged on to the internet, their friendship began to suffer. "Sadie Sees Trouble" looks at the balance of screen time and real life in the context of a children's book. Idaho Matters speaks to the books author, Linda Jarkey, about turning a didactic message into entertaining children's literature.

- Telescopes make great holiday gifts and Idaho is one of the best places on the planet to gaze into the heavens. However, stargazing can be daunting for beginners staring into fifteen billion years of expanding universe with new optical equipment. This Friday, the Boise Astronomical Society is helping amateur astronomers learn to use their telescopes at Anser Charter School. We'll learn about the program and what kind of telescopes are best for stargazing.