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SR Edit: Idaho School Fix Should Be Top Priority

On Wednesday, the Idaho Supreme Court voted 4-1 to support 4th District Judge Deborah Bail’s 1991 decision that the state’s method of funding schools is unconstitutional. In the 21-page decision, the court spanked lawmakers for quibbling over a few rundown schools and failing to realize that the state’s bonding system was fatally flawed. In 2006, the Legislature’s top priority should be to fix the current system that hamstrings poor school districts by placing the entire burden of school funding on local property taxpayers. North Idaho lawmakers should insist that they do.

For the rest of my editorial this morning re: the Idaho Supreme Court decision on school construction, click here.

Question: Do you support lowering the supermajority for passing school bonds from two-thirds to 60 percent?


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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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