Rod Gramer

Idaho Business for Education’s Community Activation Project

Here’s how you can help get computers to kids.

Don’t buy into the failure story line

Instead, we should focus on closing the achievement gap between our Hispanic, American Indian and low-income students and their Caucasian and more affluent peers.

The good and bad news from fall reading scores

Just a few years ago fewer than half of our students were not prepared for kindergarten. Now almost six out of 10. Clearly, our state is moving in the wrong direction.

A troublesome narrative criticizes higher education

This threat is especially dangerous if our young people buy into this narrative. After all, it’s their future success in school, work and life that is at stake.

Reports provide disappointing news for Idaho’s workforce

How can we help students get the skills they need to qualify for a family-sustaining job or build the workforce our economy needs if we can barely pass an increase in scholarships that make postsecondary affordable?

If Idaho achieves its 60 percent goal, everyone benefits

But accomplishing it will take bold leadership, further investment, wise choices and laser-like focus.

Invest in preschool instead of prisons

What if we set more students up for success in school, work and life before we waste their talent and potential? Now that’s really doing something.

Poverty is our biggest challenge in education

And the only way to defeat it is for responsible adults to give struggling students an equal shot at success.

Education changes lives and economic futures

Idaho could learn a lesson from Tennessee, which is promoting post-secondary education as a way to invest in the future.

It’s time to take bolder steps to get a more educated Idaho

We need to do more to get our students to go on and graduate with a credential if we are to have the educated workforce our employers need. Although the state has adopted many good policies and investments, we need even bolder steps or our economy will suffer.