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Senate Bill 1114 — K-3 technology program

Senate Bill 1114 — K-3 technology program

Anna Miller
February 22, 2021

Bill Description: Senate Bill 1114 creates a “home delivered remediation program” for K-3 students. 

Rating: -1

Does it create, expand or enlarge any agency, board, program, function or activity of government? Conversely does it eliminate or curtail the size or scope of government? 

Senate Bill 1114 directs the Idaho Department of Education to use 20% or $2 million, whichever is less, of K-3 Literacy funds for a home-delivered remediation program if the state spends more than $26 million on K-3 literacy. 


Does it transfer a function of the private sector to the government? Conversely, does it eliminate a function of government or return a function of government to the private sector? 

The program uses existing K-3 Literacy funds to pay a nonprofit to provide virtual instruction for K-3 students in reading, mathematics, and science for less than one hour per day. In a small way this bill helps parents personalize their child's education in public schools by providing at home instruction from a private nonprofit educator. Therefore, Senate Bill 1114 allows students to receive education from a private provider rather than solely from public schools. 


Does it violate the principle of equal protection under the law? 

Senate Bill 1114 allows the Department of Education to restrict access to the program to certain families based on household income, competency in the English language, or where they live. This is discrimination against children based on who their parents are. 


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