The Idaho Legislature passed a bill during the 2020 legislative session allowing for “innovation classrooms.”
The drop in public school enrollment during the 2020-21 school year had many who had been pushing for more education options — in Idaho and across the country — convinced that the traditional system’s day of reckoning had finally come. Then, public school enrollment in Idaho rebounded, showing that even far more visibility into their child’s learning and seemingly never-ending mask debates hadn’t shaken most parents’ confidence in traditional schools — at least not enough to permanently pull the plug.
The truth is, the vast majority of parents like their public schools. The nonprofit Learning Heroes found that, even a year into the pandemic, 80% of parents rated the education their child gets from their public school as pretty good or excellent. Lucky for us Idahoans, last session the legislature may have found an interesting way to give parents more options without taking their kids out of public school.
Duncan Robb is director of the K-12 team at HCM Strategists. Based on a recent MI issue brief.
Photo by vkbhat/iStock