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Idaho senators side with education special interests against parents and students

By Wayne Hoffman
March 19, 2021
Special interest groups including big labor unions like the Idaho Education Association seem to be winning the day at the state Legislature, thanks to liberal Republicans and Democrats on the Senate Education Committee.  First, members of the committee rejected a simple House-approved measure to let school boards opt-out of collective bargaining. House Bill 174 would […]
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UF 200 is tip of huge social justice iceberg at BSU

By Anna Miller
March 18, 2021
Boise State students are speaking out about how they are silenced and demoralized by activists on campus. The university's response raises a question: How extensive is the social justice rot?  Our report on social justice ideology shows that Boise State is building a social justice university. This ideology asserts that all whites and especially males […]
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Stopping Social Justice Ideology in Idaho

By Scott Yenor
March 17, 2021
For years, the University of Idaho has been proudly building itself into a social justice institution. Now that the Idaho Legislature has begun to question public funding for this harmful ideology, the University of Idaho hides as if it were ashamed of its handiwork. President Scott Green claims the university is “viewpoint neutral” and denies […]
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Did “white privilege” lecture cause the cancellation of BSU’s social justice courses?

By Dustin Hurst
March 17, 2021
On Tuesday, Boise State University suspended all 35 of its University Foundations 200 classes. Administration explained, “a student or students have been humiliated and degraded in class on our campus for their beliefs and values.”   BSU President Marlene Tromp and Interim Provost Tony Roark told students that classes would be suspended “while the university gathers […]
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Acceptance of federal money could derail Idaho’s tax relief plans

By Wayne Hoffman
March 12, 2021
It’s the middle of March, and the Idaho Legislature still hasn’t done anything to provide meaningful tax relief to Gem State residents. And now, there’s a possibility that waiting this long means the state won’t be able to collect $1.89 billion from the federal government’s COVID relief package and cut taxes at the same time. […]
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Black Lives Matter praises Marlene Tromp for standing up to "the #GOPKKK"

By Dustin Hurst
March 11, 2021
Sometimes it matters who your friends are.  Boise State has tried to convince legislators that social justice education has no place on its campus. They have implied that the IFF report on Social Justice education lacks sound data and analysis.  Black Lives Matter Boise disagrees.  BLM Boise sees Boise State University as their (himes-herses) ally […]
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Publicly funded PBS Kids tells parents: “Babies are racist”

By Anna Miller
March 5, 2021
Kids love the playful PBS cartoons of “Sesame Street,” “Arthur,” and “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood.” But what should parents do when Daniel Tiger is used to teach kids about transgenderism? Or a Sesame Street Special teaches white children they are inherently privileged and complicit in systemic racism? Or an Arthur episode acclimates kids toward becoming progressive […]
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College budget plan is political theater that would allow campus leftism to continue

By Wayne Hoffman
March 5, 2021
Idaho’s legislative budget writers are being dishonest when they say a proposed higher education budget combats the leftist indoctrination happening on college and university campuses. It does not. Not even close. It is true that the Legislature’s budget committee voted to restrict the use of state funds for social justice. But that prohibition does not […]
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Social Justice Ideology at University of Idaho

By Idaho Freedom Foundation staff
March 4, 2021
By Dr. Scott Yenor and Anna K. Miller Since we released our report on Boise State University, curious minds have asked us if things are as bad in Idaho’s other universities. “Wait and see” has been our answer.  Wait no longer.  Our new report answers the question, “How far has social justice ideology penetrated the […]
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What if our education system was as unique as the children it's meant to serve?

By Anna Miller
March 3, 2021
Every parent knows their kid is not average. The average kid doesn’t exist. Every kid is totally unique. Yet Idaho’s current education system tries to file and chisel children’s differences away so that they will fit into a factory model. It's time to build an education model that embraces the extraordinary nature of every kid. […]
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