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Episode 95: Previewing a pivotal legislative session

The 2024 legislative session opens Monday, with a cornucopia of education topics on the plate.

Will state leaders address Idaho’s school facilities backlog? How will the school choice debate shake out? Will legislators wade into the wonky but important debate about enrollment- or attendance-based school funding?

And what’s the other big education issue legislators should be talking about?

To get the answers, Kevin Richert and Ryan Suppe interview Quinn Perry of the Idaho School Boards Association and Matt Compton of the Idaho Education Association.

On May 17, the University of Idaho abruptly announced its plan to acquire the University of Phoenix, sending shockwaves through the state’s education and political circles.

At $685 million, it could be the largest and most polarizing transaction in Idaho higher education history. The U of I insists the deal will be a moneymaker. But Phoenix, a for-profit online giant with an enrollment of 85,000 students, is saddled with a checkered history and a tarnished reputation.

Idaho Education News’ Kevin Richert has closely followed this story for months, breaking news and fighting for the public’s right to know.

See the highlights of his coverage »