A bunch of school levy elections set for Tuesday because the Idaho Legislature has shifted much of the cost of education to property owners while proclaiming legislators have “held the line” on tax hikes. They may have held the line, but only with a massive shift.
To learn where to vote following the statewide redistricting and countywide precinct adjustments, visit IDAHO VOTES. You can also call Ada County Elections at 287-6860, but the lines will probably be jammed.
The DAILY PAPER has a nice round up of school ELECTION FACTS which is worth a look. Boise voters are being asked to approve a five year, $70 million tax hike.
While there is plenty of room to manipulate the figures, we were struck that annual per–pupil expenditures ranged from $4,769 in Meridian to $7,733 in Caldwell. Boise School District spends $7,400 per student. Which begs the questions: “Are Caldwell kids nearly twice as smart as Meridian’s students? OR “Are Meridian’s administrators nearly twice as efficient as Boise’s?”
Our constitution and laws are intended to leave the education of our students and administration of public schools up to “local control.” Board members serve without pay and administer budgets equal to the cities and counties in which they exist.
The GUARDIAN previously posted a PRO-CON story on the Boise SCHOOL ELECTION.
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