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Financing the Future

At least 46 of Idaho’s 115 school districts asked local patrons to support bond issues, plant facilities levies or supplemental levies on March 14, 2017. All but one were successful at a cost of nearly $700 million in local property taxes. Idaho Education News and Boise State Public Radio partnered to produce a series that previewed the statewide elections and EdNews journalist Kevin Richert investigated the results.

Why did so many bonds and levies pass so easily last week?

Voters approve $695 million for schools

Idaho’s $715 million school election day

The legacy of school bonds in Boise

The bond issue ‘supermajority:’ a debate as old as Idaho

What it takes to pass a school bond and what it could mean to your taxes

How a Boise career-technical school prepares students for jobs in high demand

A look at two Boise elementary schools embracing the wrecking ball

Listen: A conversation on school bonds with Stan Olson

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