Idaho Statesman Editorial: We like to tell ourselves that we value education and put our kids first.
Sounds nice. But what if we’re just lying to ourselves?
A new report reaches a surprising and damning conclusion: Idahoans simply aren’t making as much of an effort to fund public schools. Idahoans are putting a shrinking sliver of their personalincome into K-12 — that future of our state that we say we are so concerned about.
The report’s author, Mike Ferguson, worked as the state’s chief economist for a quarter century, tracking these trends on behalf of Republican and Democratic governors alike. He knows how to crunch numbers.