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Can public money be used for private schooling?


The Idaho Legislature has a new school choice proposal this year that would give out tax credits to parents who enroll their kids in private school.

Some say this creates a conflict with Idaho's constitution, specifically the Blaine Amendment, which says the state cannot use public funds for religious schools.

We’re taking 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, taxpayers and educators.

School choice is a big issue, and we’re just starting to scratch the surface, so we asked Jim Jones to join Idaho Matters for a conversation. He spent 12 years as a justice of Idaho's Supreme Court and eight years as Idaho's Attorney General.

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