Sen. Branden Durst, D-Boise, proposed a competing amendment to HB 221 to also do away with the clause letting public or private colleges establish charters. Durst said “the state ought to have some say” over entities that set up charter schools, and questioned whether career colleges would take advantage of that. “What we’d be doing is paying private companies to open schools in the state of Idaho,” he said.
Sen. John Goedde, R-Coeur d’Alene, countered, “I am pretty comfortable with going to the University of Idaho if they want to be an authorizer, and having them apply. And I see charters authorized by the University of Idaho being excellent training grounds for the people in their college of education. Some place, they need practical education, and that’s a great opportunity.”
Durst said he wouldn’t object to a public college participating, but wanted to block the private ones so they couldn’t “take advantage of state tax dollars to set up a private school (for students) they could then send to their career colleges later.”