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Marty: Cheers For School Lawsuit

In his weekly Cheers & Jeers column, Marty Trillhaase/Lewiston Tribune gives:

Cheers … to former Nampa School Superintendent Russell Joki (pictured). He's challenging the Idaho Legislature for shirking its constitutional duty to “establish and maintain a general, uniform and thorough system of public, free common schools.” After years of legislative neglect, local schools not only have turned to property taxpayers for help, but they've squeezed parents for everything from paying fees to play sports to covering field trips and art supplies or even science class equipment and class “dues.” Joki's attorney, former Idaho Supreme Court Justice Robert Huntley, estimates Idaho's cash-strapped schools now raise $2 million a year this way. As the lawsuit contends, those fees are unconstitutional. More here (third item).

Question: What do you think of the suit challenging the Idaho Legislature for shirking its constitutional duty to properly fund Idaho schools?

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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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