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Hoffman Ignores Luna Laws Repeal

Just weeks after Idaho voters overwhelmingly embraced traditional public education, Wayne Hoffman, director of the Idaho Freedom Foundation, is promoting private schools -- with tax dollars. "There are a lot of children in Idaho attending private school," Hoffman told The Associated Press' John Miller. "For many children, that option is simply out of reach to them, because of the cost. This could be a breakthrough, for children, whether they have the financial means or not." Now where would Hoffman get such an idea? From Coeur d'Alene Republican Bob Nonini. Now joining the state Senate, the former House Education Committee chairman last year floated a bill giving individuals and corporations a tax credit if they contributed toward private schools. The bill went nowhere, and Nonini hasn't discussed his future plans for it. With good reason/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Why would anyone propose an idea like this when Idaho does such a poor job funding the schools it is constitutionally obligated to support -- the public schools?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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