Idaho PTA Advocacy Day at the Capitol on Tuesday, January 25th from 8am-4pm. 

Agenda: Tuesday, January 25, 2022 


8:00-8:40am    Registration & Breakfast at IEA Bldg 

                        620 N 6th Street 

Welcome from Mt America 


8:40-9:00         Walk to House (East) Wing 

Garden Level, Room EW41 


9:00-10:00       House Education Committee Presentation  


10:00-10:10     Break/Walk Lincoln Auditorium (WW02) 


10:10-10:45     Officer David Gomez, Boise SRO Officer 

How technology affects the mental health of students-Lincoln Auditorium (WW02) 


10:45-11:00     Kestrel West Update on Education Issues-Lincoln Auditorium (WW02) 


11:00-11:45     Beth Oppenheimer & Jonny Carkin, ID AEYC 

All Day Kindergarten-Lincoln Auditorium 


11:45-12:00     Break-Walk to the Capitol 4th Floor Rotunda 


12:00-1:00       Complimentary lunch prepared by  

Nampa School District ICAT  

Skyview High School Culinary Art Program 


1:00-1:10         Walk to Department of Education Bldg 

                        (Room Assignment Pending) 


1:10-2:45         Senator Kevin Cook Remarks (pending) 

Focus Groups with the ID Dept of Education 


2:45-3:00         Walk to the Senate (West Wing) 

Garden Level, Room WW55 


3:00-4:00         Senate Education Committee Presentation 



2022 Idaho PTA Advocacy Day Guest Speakers 


Beth Oppenheimer, Executive Director  

Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children (ID AEYC) 

Beth Oppenheimer has served as the Executive Director of the ID AEYC since 2010. She has spent many years advocating for the needs of our children and families & is committed to advancing opportunities for all Idaho families. As a working mother of 2 children, she understands the challenges facing working families & the ability to support their children’s early care & learning. 


Jonny Carkin, Advocacy & Coalition Assistant Director, ID AECY 

The mission of Idaho AEYC is to advance Idaho’s early learning profession and advocate for children, families & those who work on behalf of young children. 

Jonny Carkin is coordinating advocacy efforts for proposed legislation for all day Kindergarten in Idaho as well as other education programs to help families with their child’s early care & learning. 


Officer David Gomez, Boise County SRO Officer 

Deputy Gomez shares information learned from working with 2300 students in a high school environment with over 48,000 following his tips on Facebook & other social media, YouTube & in person to help educate parents on how to look for red flags to keep their students safe in a digital world. 


John Foster, Strategist,  Lobbyist, Kestrel West 

John Foster is a strategist, consultant & advisor. He has worked as manager & communications director for national-level campaigns, & continues to advise candidates & corporate executives on political messaging, strategy and crisis communications. He came to politics after a decade as an investigative journalist. 


Kate Haas, Attorney,  Lobbyist, Kestrel West 

Kate Haas is a lawyer & lobbyist specializing in legislative & regulatory issues. She is also a community-relations expert with deep experience organizing coalitions & campaigns for both businesses & political operations.  


Idaho Department of Education Focus Groups 3 suggested questions 

1)   The Advanced Opportunities Program – are students using the $4,125 or are they planning to use it? What more could we do to support college/career exploration? 

2)   Do you feel like you & your peers lost ground academically & socially during the pandemic? If so, what can schools do to help support you? What specifically would be helpful? 

3)   Open ended. We are always interested in hearing any feedback & suggestions that students & parents have on their minds.