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Businesses: Idaho education politics are hurting state

University of Idaho
Posted at 12:31 PM, Dec 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-15 14:32:15-05

Some businesses doubt the wisdom of moving to or expanding in Idaho due to political hostility toward public education in the Republican-dominated Idaho Legislature.

The hesitation comes as Idaho habitually ranks at or near the bottom in what it spends on K-12 students and has had one of the worst graduation rates in the nation.

Republican lawmakers also cut $2.5 million from universities earlier this year, despite a budget surplus, and rejected a $6 million early childhood learning grant. State business leaders say that raises doubts about whether Idaho can produce a skilled workforce. It also causes potential employees to question the education opportunities for their children.