Two Eagle Rock Middle School students from Idaho Falls just wowed the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee and the audience with their testimony in favor of improving school funding in Idaho. Shandy Gillman said, “Currently our class sizes are getting bigger and bigger.” Derik Johnson said, “Our textbooks are falling apart at the bindings.” He said laptop computers aren’t suitable replacements, because they take 20 minutes to warm up. “We’re losing our teachers to other states,” he said. Shandy said Idaho spends more to keep a prisoner locked up for a year than it does on students’ education. “Are people in prisons worth more than Idaho’s future?” she asked/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.
More Eye on Boise posts today:
- Testimony: Continue to support IEN
- Testimony: Put money where our mouth is
- Testimony: Infant-toddler program has come up short
- School boards, administrators, IEA present testimony for funding task force plan
Question: When are we going to quit wringing our hands and begin taking action at the voting booth against legislators who have consistently failed to support public education in this state?