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Jim Jones being dishonest about the Freedom Foundation

By Wayne Hoffman
June 15, 2021
If he were criticizing the ACLU or Planned Parenthood, Jim Jones would have had to present facts to back up his allegations before any newspaper would publish his column. But Jones’ target was the Idaho Freedom Foundation, and when the IFF is the target of negativity, facts don’t matter much. Jones’ article is built off […]
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Full-day kindergarten will not fix Idaho’s schools

By Anna Miller
June 15, 2021
The Idaho State Board of Education will meet tomorrow, June 16, to consider legislative ideas for the 2022 legislative session including increasing spending by what will likely be millions of dollars to fund a statewide full-day kindergarten program. Such programs provide negligible short-term results to students, limit parental choice, raise the cost of stay-at-home parenting […]
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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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