By Anna K. Miller and Dr. Scott Yenor Critical Social Justice (CSJ) is written into the DNA of Idaho’s public education system. At the most fundamental level, Idaho’s education system is designed to replace the influence of parents on the opinions and sentiments of children with the influence of public institutions. Our public education system […]
By Kaitlyn Shepherd & Anna K. Miller Every student is unique, and each one possesses a distinctive combination of skills, interests, aspirations, and goals. All students deserve the flexibility to choose the method of education that best suits their needs and prepares them to succeed in their future endeavors. The flexibility to empower students in […]
By Adam Kissel & Anna K. Miller The U.S. Department of Education’s gainful-employment rule targeted degree programs in which graduates had high debt relative to income — but only at for-profit colleges, ignoring the many public and nonprofit college programs with similarly bad results. The rule is poised to return. This study uses new data […]
The Idaho School Boards Association recently urged school districts across the state to follow a new law regarding transgender students' use of the bathroom facilities. The law, the ISBA told districts, mandates that transgender students should be allowed to use the bathroom of their identified or gender. But no such law exists. Instead, the ISBA […]
Idaho’s education agencies require teachers to engage in social justice and critical race theory activism, and neither the newly-signed House Bill 377 nor the new proposed budget for K-12 teachers does anything to stop it. Extreme leftist ideology in Idaho schools is not the fault of teachers; it is the result of pedagogical guidance from […]
By Fred BirnbaumLegislative Affairs DirectorApril 29, 2021 The Idaho House rejected Senate Bill 1179, the college and university budget, in a 13-57 vote. The lopsided rejection reflected, among other things, no meaningful reductions to address universities’ propensity to use public money to advance social activism, critical race theory, and a generally leftist world view. In […]
Social justice education poses a threat to education in America and to the American way of life. Social justice education divides the world into aggrieved minorities and oppressive majorities. Wherever it is practiced, it compromises the pursuit of truth, the free exchange of ideas, and the aspiration of seeing peopleassimilate into the great American melting […]
Social justice education poses a threat to education in America and to the American way of life. Social justice education divides the world into aggrieved minorities and oppressive majorities. Wherever it is practiced, it compromises the achievement of truth, the free exchange of ideas, and the aspiration for assimilating people into the great American melting […]
As COVID-19 has spread across Idaho, public schools have repeatedly failed to serve families and students. Some 10 months into the pandemic, many public schools are still closed and have not done a good job in delivering online instruction to students. Poor virtual learning environments, leading to a decline in student performance, have led to […]
Before Medicaid coverage was extended to able-bodied adults in 2020, the program was already on an unsustainable growth path and just crossed $3 billion in annual expenditures, up from about $2 billion five years ago. Medicaid costs are squeezing out other budget priorities, like roads.
Though 2020 might go down in history as the year in which fear of a virus shut down schools across the country, the greatest long-term impact of 2020 on education will likely have little to do with COVID-19. The U.S. Supreme Court’s Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue decision has the potential to restructure the […]
On March 13, 2020, Governor Little formally proclaimed a “state of emergency” in connection with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. A series of subsequent proclamations and executive orders predicated on this declaration instituted sweeping restrictions on the activities of citizens and private businesses in Idaho. Does the Idaho Constitution permit the Idaho Legislature to convene a […]
Idaho has begun its path back to normalcy by entering the second stage of Gov. Brad Little’s plan to reopen businesses. This plan is a lot more than just a map of what types of businesses can reopen when. It includes when public gatherings can resume, when travel can resume, when people can worship together […]
Gov. Brad Little’s statewide shutdown of businesses has had a significant negative impact on Idaho’s workforce. The governor needs to do all he can to get Idahoans working again, as soon as possible. He has made strides toward this goal over the past few weeks by reducing the licensing red tape on healthcare workers and […]
The state of Idaho has received $1.25 billion from the federal government, to offer relief for the impact of COVID-19. The state wants to give a portion of these funds to local governments, because taxing districts, such as cities, only qualify for direct federal relief funds if they have a population of 500,000 or more. […]
When you think of “election day,” you probably think of a date in early November. Or, you might think of a day in late May. If you pay attention to school district elections, a date in mid-March or late August might also pop into your mind. But these four election dates are not the only […]
Local officials can also take actions to help taxpayers, businesses, and employees during times such as these — actions that uplift individuals and businesses through this crisis, instead of holding them back.
Unfortunately, I write today to express deep disappointment in your three-week statewide stayat-home order, and urge you to make swift changes to the declaration so the COVID-19 pandemicdoes not do sustained economic damage to Idaho residents and businesses. We also worry aboutthe harm the order does to individual rights, which still must receive protection in […]
Dear Gov. Brad Little, The cause of liberty doesn’t stop in a crisis: Indeed, ensuring our state’s backbone of freeenterprise and individual liberty stays strong is key to helping those hurt by COVID-19,and minimizing the damage. The purpose of this letter is to encourage you to employ free market, conservativeprinciples for solutions during this critical […]
Ever-increasing property taxes are forcing people from their homes and burdening too many families. At the Idaho Freedom Foundation, we routinely hear about annual property tax hikes of 30% to 40%. The Idahoans who share these stories fear for their future and worry daily about being tax-evicted from their homes.
Idaho law currently sets up a bleak “out” for many Idahoans with criminal records, especially related to the chance of pursuing their desired occupations. Released prisoners should not be shackled to their past through all of their future pursuits. Yet Idaho has hundreds of shackles, all imposed through the language of law.
Tens of thousands of Idaho students see a four-year degree as a stepping stone to economic security. High costs derail students from finishing their degrees, or leave them loaded with debt as they launch their careers.
IFF’s “Are You Kidding Me, Boise?” report showcases five problematic patterns behind the hefty spending, and how Boise can cut its waste. Our report dissects more than $144 million spent by Boise, but the patterns of spending are applicable to all local governments.
Idaho is hearing public comment on the Idaho Content Standards, more commonly known as Common Core. This document outlines specific reasons many Idahoans object to Common Core Standards in Idaho. There is one section of general objections, followed by specific objections to Common Core English Language Arts, Math, and Science
In 2020, the city of Boise proposes to spend $764.7 million. Most of that money will come from you, your neighbors, and your fellow Boiseans. So let’s talk about how your money ends up with the city, and how the government plans to spend your dollars. .
Idahoans are frustrated with stagnant student test scores, high school students unprepared for college, and curriculum updated with inflexible Common Core Standards, which haven’t yielded the promised results.
This is our fourth report on Idaho government expenditures. As always, we don't expect that you'll agree with everything you read, but we hope it will make you think. For all of our conversations about how "the government that governs best governs least," we sure do have a lot of governing going on in Idaho. […]
Economic signals are mixed to negative, suggesting that fiscal caution is in order. Increasing general fund appropriation greater than the 4.9 percent projected revenue growth may require large corrections in state fiscal year 2017.
How do we solve the most important challenges facing Idaho? With common-sense conservative solutions. You'll find those in IFF's Roadmap for Idaho, an in-depth look at how to fix transportation, trim the state budget, and provide serious tax relief to families and small businesses.
Last year, the debate whether to expand Medicaid, through Proposition 2, was devoid of discussion about the growth of traditional Medicaid in Idaho. The true cost of expansion was not discussed either. Prop 2’s ballot language failed to include a cost for expansion nor possible funding mechanisms. Let’s review the expansion of Medicaid over the […]
The Idaho Freedom Foundation compiled these quotes from curricula in an Idaho Curricular Materials Regional Center. Read for yourself: Some Idaho textbooks distort—whether by omission or one-sided narratives—basic economic principles and social issues.
Blockchain technology has the potential to radically transform the role of government in areas as diverse as welfare, voting, and business regulation. In some areas, blockchain technology can streamline government services, thereby reducing the deadweight-loss in the economy and in our lives. In other areas, blockchain technology can completely eliminate the need for government intervention.
Have you ever wondered how to make welfare more than a government handout? Have you ever wished people would freely invest in others’ lives and journeys, rather than leave it all to the government? Have you ever thought private, voluntary charity could do better than government welfare programs?
Policymakers should consider fostering the growth of voluntary, private organizations that are historically proven to help lift people out of poverty, help the poor save for emergencies, and connect individuals with doctors and clinics. At the same time, policymakers must understand that the government must not play a central role in the delivery of charitable […]