Strong schools mean a stronger Idaho


Strong public schools are a must for Idaho’s future. Businesses relocate and expand in communities with healthy neighborhood schools that can serve all our children.

Idaho ranks Number 50 in the United States in the amount of money we invest per student.

The average teacher in Wyoming makes about $20,000 more than a teacher in Idaho.

Did you know that Idaho cut its public school funding nearly a quarter of a billion dollars between 2009 and 2011?

A recent study indicates that, dollar for dollar, investing in public schools creates more jobs and ultimately produces at least as much revenue as tax cuts.

Since 1996, the Idaho Education Association Children’s Fund has given nearly a million dollars in grants to help Idaho children in need.

Education pays. Excellent preschool programs boost academic achievement, reduce dropout rates, and provide economic benefits as high as $7 for every dollar spent.

Idaho students regularly outperform their peers in other states on college entrance exams, and Idaho’s high school graduation rate is above the national average.

It pays to invest in education. High school graduates live an average of 9 years longer than dropouts.

In the latest figures available, Idaho ranked 21st in the US for its per-capita spending on highways, and 25th in the nation for its per-capita spending on prisons, but 50th for its investment in education.

Education builds communities. Higher levels of education correspond with higher rates of volunteering and voting.

Idaho spends 3½ almost three times as much per prisoner as it does per public school student.

It pays to invest in education. A 10 percent decrease in class sizes can reduce the dropout rate by more than 20 percent.

Due to deep state funding cuts since 2006, Idaho school districts have had to ask local citizens for more money to help keep schools open.

Over a lifetime, the typical full-time worker with a bachelor’s degree earns $1.6 million more than the person with a high school diploma – and $2.3 million more than the person without that diploma.

Idaho had the 7th-highest teacher-student ratio in the United States in 2009, and new policies mean class sizes are growing ever larger.

Teachers spend on average of $475 of their own money for student needs.