Private companies make building public schools their business

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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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