Thank you for visiting my website! I am honored to serve as the State Senator from District 18, one of the most dynamic and diverse districts in Boise. As a retired teacher, I have dedicated my career to improving our communities, and it is with a clear vision and an even firmer resolve that I strive to meet the needs and expectations of my D18 neighbors.
There is much to do in 2019 on behalf of the hard-working people of Idaho. Despite progress in recent years, Idaho still ranks near the bottom in per pupil spending and family income, and near the top in minimum wage jobs. Like you, I consider these statistics to be unacceptable. Idaho can and should do better. It is time we fully invest in education to ensure a bright and secure future for our children and the businesses of Idaho.
Looking back, 2018 marked a very productive session for the Idaho State Legislature. We funded the fourth year of the five-year career ladder teacher pay plan. As a retired classroom teacher and member of the Governor’s Task Force for K12 education, my goal is to increase teacher salaries to ensure we can recruit and retain highly skilled teachers. Though we have made some headway in teacher salaries, there is still much work to be done During this session, I was pleased to sponsor and co-sponsor a number of bills. Among the most notable was suicide prevention training bill (H0634) aimed at equipping schools and communities with necessary training to reduce the number of suicides in our state. I sponsored other important bills as well. They included a bill ensuring the value of teachers’ sick leave will be protected upon retirement and clarifying language necessitating deaf and hard of hearing citizens will have access to appropriation bills. I also served on the Governor’s Higher Education Task Force and the Public School Funding Formula Interim Committee. I look forward to a comprehensive plan for higher education and a new public school funding formula during the 2019 session.
While we still have many challenges to overcome, I am confident that through hard-work, dedication, and continued collaboration, we can make significant progress. I pledge to work tirelessly on your behalf to support our state’s full investment in education (both K12 and higher education), encourage responsible economic growth, protect our quality of life, and support tolerance for all Idaho citizens. If I can be of assistance, please contact me. Thank you for your support and input. It is an honor and a privilege to represent you.
Senator Janie Ward-Engelking