Private companies make building public schools their business

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While it’s common for universities to have in-house counsel, many K-12 districts do not. When they need school building expertise, they often call on Hawley-Troxell.

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Private companies Hawley Troxell and Piper Sandler make building public schools their business

The law firm and bank provide expertise where much is at stake because building schools in Idaho is an odyssey fraught with restrictive laws, and complicated financial moves. To navigate it, many K-12 leaders turn to them.

But it’s expensive. Public education has siphoned millions to the private businesses over the years.

EdNews reporters Carly Flandro and Kevin Richert take a close look at their influence, commitment and costs.

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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.

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Most of Idaho’s high school graduates aren’t going to college — at least not immediately. They’re taking different paths, breaking stigmas and challenging the narrative that a four-year degree is the golden ticket to success. Our four-story series breaks down the data, and unveils what they are doing after high school — and why it isn’t college.

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Who’s your favorite teacher? Nearly everyone has an answer to that question, because every year, and in every generation, teachers make a lifelong impact.

Somewhere in Idaho, even as you read this, an English teacher is helping a student feel valued when no one else can. A science teacher is stoking the curiosity of a future biologist. A choir teacher is encouraging a student to use their voice proudly, even when silence seems safer.

Our new, ongoing series will feature Idaho’s favorite teachers.

If you went to school in Idaho and have a teacher you’d like us to recognize, whether still in the classroom or retired, contact editor Jennifer Swindell, [email protected]. We’re looking forward to sharing your stories.

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