State Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra hosted a special open house today.

Lawmakers and the public were invited to explore presentations about state programs and initiatives that are working to better Idaho schools.

The booths on the first floor rotunda included details about state "mastery education" programs, rural school support, and accessibility in the classroom for students with special needs.

Ybarra says getting to show off what programs are being funded by tax dollars is great way to explain how education is changing and improving in the Gem State.

"A return on investment to show the great progress we have made in Idaho and for transparency reasons for the public, it's a great opportunity to show what's going on, boots on the ground, for their kids," Ybarra said.

Ybarra says a real focus point for the future of education in Idaho is keeping great teachers in state.

Right now, about one in five new teachers don't return to their school the following year.