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End of summer elections essential -- please vote August 30

August 22, 2022

By Rod Gramer
President and CEO, Idaho Business for Education

The last thing school patrons may have on their minds as they squeeze in that last barbecue or vacation of the summer is exercising their responsibility as citizens to vote. That’s why it’s so important to remind patrons that some important elections are coming up soon. On August 30, 12 school districts will be seeking voter approval for $261.4 million for a variety of education investments.

Of that, $144 million would go to build or renovate school buildings, which will require a two-thirds majority for approval. Another $117 million would go to cover operating expenses at several districts, which requires a simple majority for approval.

In surveys, people say that the government they trust most is the one closest to them. They also repeatedly tell pollsters that their number one concern is education. Unfortunately, their voting behavior doesn’t always reflect the importance they put on who runs their schools or how they are operated.

Nothing is more important to the perpetuation of our democracy than public education. Idaho’s founding fathers thought it was so important they wrote it into our state’s Constitution. Article IX, Section 1 reads, “The stability of a republican form of government depending mainly upon the intelligence of the people, it shall be the duty of the legislature of Idaho, to establish and maintain a general, uniform and thorough system of public, free common schools.”

As an organization that represents more than 250 business leaders across our state, Idaho Business for Education believes that public education is essential for Idaho’s economic prosperity and quality of life. Our economy cannot flourish if we do not have skilled talent and the only way to develop that talent is through education.

If you live in the Boundary County, Coeur d’Alene, Middleton, Vallivue, Blaine County, Jerome, Madison, Plummer-Worley, Ririe, Salmon River, Buhl or Three Creek school districts, go to the district website and find out more about how to vote on August 30.

All elections are important, even those that fall in the last days of summer. As Idaho employers, we urge you to vote in these important elections. The future of our children, our economy and our quality of life depends on it.

Questions or Comments? Send us an email!

Mike Weland, Publisher

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P.O. Box 1625
Bonners Ferry, ID 83805
(208) 295-1016

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