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Coeur d’Alene parents: Don’t be fooled by public officials framing critical race theory as ‘good’ for your kids

By Anna Miller
June 10, 2021
Coeur d’Alene School District spokesman Scott Maben responded Tuesday to my reporting about public officials weaving critical race theory into a schoolwide framework with six falsehoods, misrepresentations, and evasions. Let’s review them individually:  1. “The commentary misrepresents our work to help all students be successful in school. It is full of falsehoods and appears aimed […]
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A conservative he is not: Sen. Chuck Winder does not measure up

By Fred Birnbaum
June 9, 2021
Last week, the leader of the Idaho Senate, Republican Chuck Winder, took aim at the Idaho Freedom Foundation, and it reminded me of a funny story that my father likes to tell.  My father was drafted into the U.S. Army in the 1950s and reported to basic training at Fort Dix in New Jersey. The […]
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What happens when educators get their wish for more money?

By Fred Birnbaum
June 8, 2021
Can anyone remember a time when Idaho’s K-12 education establishment wasn’tasking for more money from the Legislature? I can’t. By more money, I mean more than other agencies generally receive, more thaninflation and enrollment growth, and more than the Legislature appropriates inany given year. Congress and the current and former president have showered money on […]
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Critical race theory comes to Coeur d’Alene K-12 schools

By Anna Miller
June 7, 2021
The Left has penetrated Idaho's K-12 system. But how deeply? Public officials, including Gov. Brad Little, are complacent, saying that there are just "anecdotes" about the spread of these pernicious ideologies. Therefore, they will not investigate.  Happenings in Coeur d’Alene suggest someone better start looking. We know learning gaps exist, but Coeur d’Alene officials contend […]
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The Real Threat to Democracy

By Brent Regan
June 7, 2021
By Brent Regan | Board Chairman, Idaho Freedom Foundation The Idaho Statesman reports that Senate President Pro Tem Chuck Winder called the Idaho Freedom Foundation “one of the biggest threats” Idaho has to its democracy. The Statesman, apparently lacking any morsel of journalistic curiosity failed to ask the essential question "How does the IFF pose […]
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Winder’s Senate, not the IFF, is biggest threat facing Idaho and the nation

By Wayne Hoffman
June 4, 2021
Senate Pro Tem Chuck Winder insulted conservative Idahoans this week when he told the City Club of Boise that the Idaho Freedom Foundation is the “biggest threat to democracy” the state faces. First of all, this is not a democracy. It’s a constitutional republic. But that said, in reality it’s Winder and his Senate that […]
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BSU law firm report is more media ploy than investigation into indoctrination

By Wayne Hoffman
June 2, 2021
It should be obvious that Boise State University’s “independent” investigation into problems with the school’s mandatory racism and intolerance class known as University Foundations 200 was just a public relations ploy.  Launching the investigation got lawmakers temporarily off BSU’s back while the school’s budget was under review. Releasing a summary of the investigation’s findings last […]
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Idaho Freedom Foundation statement on UF 200 investigation

By Idaho Freedom Foundation staff
May 25, 2021
The Idaho Freedom Foundation is hardly surprised to see that Boise State University’s investigation into its controversial University Foundations 200 courses has been fruitless. As we previously pointed out, “The problem is the propagandizing and indoctrinating of students in a false and pernicious ideology, not their humiliation.” The investigation report provides no answers to important […]
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If Tromp won’t listen to lawmakers on social justice, she needs to work elsewhere

By Wayne Hoffman
May 21, 2021
It appears that Boise State University President Marlene Tromp still has not gotten the message that Idahoans are tired of the school’s indoctrinating social justice programs. In public and in private, Tromp has recently struck a tone that suggests little will change at BSU despite the Legislature’s restrictions on critical race theory (CRT) and $1.5 […]
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The fight to fix Idaho education continues this summer and fall

By Wayne Hoffman
May 14, 2021
Yes, the legislative session is over, but the fight to fix what’s gone wrong with the government education system is not. That work is just getting warmed up.  Right away, the State Board of Education needs to get its house in order. The board added to the state teacher certification standards a requirement that educators […]
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