Give credit to Gov. Little and the Legislature for their conservative approach to budgeting and preparing for an economic downturn.
They are not a replacement for traditional public schools. Rather, they are allies in helping Idaho improve its education system and in providing options for families.
Boise School District leadership is not only masterful at burning bridges with its long-time partners, but actually obliterating the landscape around it.
Any structural changes that might be made need to be well-considered and publicly debated. History and context matter here.
They add value to a community and create learning opportunities for families and children that wouldn’t exist otherwise.
They need to be held accountable for their performance. It’s important for the overall health of a state’s public charter school sector.
There is much “Good” to note and build on, but there is also a need to redouble efforts to work at improving the “Bad” and the “Ugly.”
Charters in Idaho face a special financial challenge when it comes to financing their facility costs.
Lawmakers should move forward with a new school funding formula that focuses on flexibility, local control and student outcomes.
Some of the most exciting and powerful things happening in public education in America involve partnerships between public charter schools and higher education institutions.