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Fri., Oct. 5, 2012, 9:07 a.m.

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
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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