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Freedom Foundation underwriting lawsuit against Otter, Ybarra over Common Core

Although the Idaho Freedom Foundation isn’t a party to the new lawsuit filed against Gov. Butch Otter, schools Supt. Sherri Ybarra and state Board of Education Chairman Don Soltman over Idaho’s version of Common Core student testing, the IFF is underwriting the lawsuit. “They are financially supporting it,” said attorney Christ Troupis, who is representing 10 plaintiffs – led by IFF Board Chairman Brent Regan – in the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court. Troupis said two groups, the IFF and the Idaho Business Alliance, which he said is a nonprofit group based in Boise, are paying for the lawsuit. The alliance's website says its only board members are George Gersema and Doyle Beck; it includes links to the IFF. The Idaho Business Alliance incorporated as an Idaho non-profit in January of 2013; its current annual report says Gersema is its registered agent and Beck and Lorna Finman are its board members.

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Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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