Dems and BSU elites to critics: Don’t question school’s radical agenda

Wayne Hoffman Articles, Education Leave a Comment

Shortly after 28 Republican legislators let Boise State University President Marlene Tromp know they’re concerned the school is using student and taxpayer dollars to advance an openly leftist agenda, top college officials and Idaho’s legislative Democrats made it absolutely clear there’s nothing to talk about—unless we discuss how much more money the school will get.  While Tromp hasn’t rescinded her …

Lackluster results prove Idaho must end Common Core

Wayne Hoffman Articles, Education Leave a Comment

Almost nine years after Idaho adopted Common Core, state officials still can’t say whether the supposedly-more-rigorous education standards have made a positive difference. Worse, mounting evidence from across the country shows the standards are nothing short of a disaster. I asked both Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherry Ybarra’s office and the State Board of Education (SBOE) to supply proof that …

Idaho’s public colleges’ “inclusion” efforts promote victimhood

Wayne Hoffman Articles, Education Leave a Comment

Idaho’s post-secondary schools have joined the legion of left-leaning institutions that are using their campuses as state-sponsored platforms for intolerance, division, and victimhood. Hurt in the process are students, taxpayers, and donors to college scholarship funds, all whom are misled in believing they’re paying for “higher education.” Witness Boise State University’s interim president, Martin Schimpf, whose most recent newsletter offered …

Idaho’s education task force is just political cover for more spending

Fred Birnbaum Articles, Education Leave a Comment

The push for more education spending came at lightning speed — less than one week after Gov. Brad Little announced his K-12 public education task force. Idaho Education Association President Kari Overall and the executive director of the Idaho Association of School Administrators, Rob Winslow, both task force members, published an opinion piece that suggested higher pay is needed for veteran teachers. …

Idaho just wiped state regulation books clean, but they won’t stay that way for long

Dustin Hurst Articles, Education Leave a Comment

Idaho Gov. Brad Little has the opportunity to snap his fingers to bring about a dramatic deregulation agenda, but there’s little to suggest the governor will take full advantage of the situation. Through the past two weeks, conservative and libertarian publications have gushed as they reported that Little, a first-term Republican in a conservative stronghold, has the chance to reset …

Task forces have not fixed education and it’s obvious why

Wayne Hoffman Articles, Education Leave a Comment

Allow me to get prophetic. Within weeks or months, the latest state education task force will conclude: Only more taxpayer money will fix Idaho’s schools. Much more money. We’ve seen this movie many times before, with other governors, Republican and Democrat, and the ending is always the same. Lawmakers throw money around. They start ambitious new programs. Schools continue to …