Idaho By The Numbers hosted a rally today that focused on Idaho’s attitude towards education.
Bannock County residents gathered on the corner of 5th and Humbolt today to celebrate and educate the public on issues found in our schools.
“I think there’s a real desire to create a world class education here for kids in Idaho but I don’t think we can do it on the cheap. We want to be efficient, we want to manage our resources carefully, but at the same time we have to be realistic that education is not free,” said former state Senator Bert Marley.
The desire to better our schools is one that everyone shares, not just certain political parties, but their plans to go about it are what differ.
Dave Finkelnberg from the Bannock County Democrats said, “The Bannock County democratic party is adamant that if we don’t fix what’s wrong with education, all of the other efforts to improve the economy of Idaho are going to fail. And I think everyone else has that vision except the other party is trying to approach the subject by saying students should go on without creating the jobs that they need. They’re pricing kids out of education in college there are too few opportunities for kids who invest in education.”
The budget is obviously one big messy puzzle that each person might put together differently, but one state senator sees an obvious way to increase education’s funding.
“Every year it’s a guaranteed increase for our prisons and that’s not right. Let’s educate our children at the bottom and our prison population will go down,” said Senator Roy Lacey.
If you agree and would like to see a change in our state’s education system, there is a way for your voice to be heard.
Senator Lacey adds, “We need to force the state to set a reasonable budget for education. We can do that by writing legislators. Write to me. I believe in it, but write to me anyways. It’s nice to show others that people are interested in education.”
Idaho is currently 50th in terms of per student spending, which makes it even more impressive to hear things like gate city elementary school earning National Blue Ribbon Schools Honors.