May 12, 2005

Idaho's Public Schools

Most public schools will finish up their academic year in less than a month. Meanwhile, Idaho’s school children are beginning another round of ISAT tests as required by the federal No Child Left Behind law. Faced with ever tightening budgets, school boards across the state are trying to figure out what programs to cut and what programs to keep. And Idaho’s colleges and universities are mulling yet more hikes in tuition.

This program looks at the shape of Idaho’s public school and higher education system. Joan Cartan-Hansen interviews Idaho’s Superintendent of Public Instruction Marilyn Howard. Howard’s attempts to save a student tracking program failed in the last legislative session. She has been speaking out for more funding for public schools and worries about impact of fee increases on university and college students.