Other education leaders recognize the moment. This debate is about what happens in the classroom — and the claims, advanced by the Idaho Freedom Foundation and its legislative allies, that Idaho schools are becoming havens of liberal indoctrination.
The largest of the state’s K-12 budget bills, the teacher pay bill, now goes back to the drawing board. Opponents want language restricting schools from addressing social justice topics in the classroom.
States across the country have put increased focus on mental health in schools for several years. Momentum is building in Idaho, but the state lacks a cohesive plan to ensure services from district to district.
School choice advocates almost got a private school bill through the Legislature, but fell short. After a year of turbulence in the classroom — and amidst a record-setting state surplus — they couldn’t have asked for a better opening.