Help Idaho’s colleges and students by freezing tuition

Wayne Hoffman Education, Higher Education Leave a Comment

Gov. Brad Little’s preemptive “spending reset,” to rein in state spending before the next economic downturn, is a good start to help Idaho taxpayers who could use a break from a decade of a growing state government. But other taxpayers—Idaho’s increasingly put-upon college and university students—also need relief. That relief can be achieved if Little and lawmakers decide this winter …

Test scores continue to flounder while Ybarra celebrates ‘skinniest kid at fat camp’

Wayne Hoffman Articles, Education Leave a Comment

If American public schools are ever going to improve, education officials need to be honest about where students are succeeding and where they aren’t. That’s mainly unsolicited advice for Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra, who found mostly joy and silver linings in the newest scores from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). The truth is much more …

Diversity & discernment: lessons from the gridiron

Idaho Freedom Foundation staff Articles, Education Leave a Comment

By Dr. John M. Livingston | Medical Policy Adviser I grew up in Ohio in the 1960s. In Ohio and western Pennsylvania, football was, and remains today, a religion. I was lucky enough in the late ‘60s and early ‘70’s to play for two state championship high school football teams and one NCAA Division III championship football team. My high …

Idaho welcomes diversity, but not the social justice version of it

Wayne Hoffman Education, Higher Education Leave a Comment

About a hundred descendants of David and Yetta Cohen gathered for a family reunion in Georgia earlier this summer. Over the span of a few days, my aunts, uncles, and cousins, mostly Jews who live on the east coast, questioned me about Idaho, the state I’ve called home for nearly 25 years. Their curiosities were mostly about, in no particular …

Trillhaase’s head fake avoids the truth about career ladder

Fred Birnbaum Education Leave a Comment

I have to hand it to the Idaho Freedom Foundation’s longtime foe, Marty Trillhaase. The liberal columnist is a master of the head fake. Let’s roll back the tape to reveal Trillhaase’s almost-brilliant deception, a sly trick he used to dodge a serious discussion that the Idaho Freedom Foundation wants to have about the state’s education system. In his recent …