Fewer students creates need for higher levy ?

Some of my critics claim that I’ve never seen a school levy that I didn’t like. I suspect they are right.  Education is central to every child’s right to become the person they aspire to be. It is the foundation of an innovative and growing economy. And it is vital to the problem solving that …

Education: Questions about Charter School Proposal

by Judy Ferro The Caldwell School District will host a community discussion on a proposed new charter school next Monday at 6 p.m. in the district office at Washington and 16th. Right off the idea of a charter school to serve the 15% of Caldwell youth declared “at risk” of failing to graduate sounds good. …

Education: Charter Schools a Colossal Failure

by Dr. Lilburn Wesche, NNU professor emeritus Charter schools were initiated with great expectations. The original idea was to establish research or experimental schools which would not be subject to some of the antiquated or restrictive state or federal codes, such as requiring a certain number of minutes per subject, a specific curriculum, only licensed …

Education: Fewer minorities in Idaho charter schools

by Levi Cavener      The charter school movement in Idaho is often couched in terms of “choice” for families to select an educational environment that is best for their child. Yet the “freedom” to choose charter schools appears not to be a choice. At minimum, it’s an uphill battle for Idaho’s minority students.          …

Education: About Charter schools and Teach for America

While Teach for America has been Idaho’s biggest educational issue this month, a Washington State court delivered a bombshell by declaring charter schools against their state constitution, one with wording very much like Idaho’s. December 12th, Judge Jean Rietschel of the Superior Court for King County ruled the use of state funds for charter schools …