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Idaho Matters: School Choice

Idaho Matters: School Choice

During the 2024 session, the Idaho Legislature is planning to once again tackle the issue of school choice – allowing public tax dollars to go toward supporting private school education. Lawmakers have tried over the past several years to put some kind of program in place that would let parents choose where their kids go to school, using everything from vouchers to education saving accounts – but none of those past proposals have become law.

Idaho Matters wants to take a deep dive into school choice with a series of conversations about how this would affect kids and parents, public and private schools, charter and religious schools, and taxpayers and educators.

School choice is a complex issue and we're just starting to scratch the surface.

We want to hear your thoughts about education reform in Idaho via e-mail at IdahoMatters@BoiseState.edu or you can leave a voice message at 208-426-BSPR (208-426-2777) or with the ‘Talk to Us’ feature in the Boise State Public Radio App.

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