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2024 Idaho Legislative Recap

The 2024 Idaho legislative session has now ended for the year. Rep. Heather Scott does a great job summarizing the status of each bill presented. Disclaimer provided below.

Milner Trail Letter Claim

Read and if desired, print this Milner Trail Letter Claim (pdf). Next, visit the actual claim form outlined in detail and click the printer-friendly pdf at the top of that page to print and get your claim filled out and signed. Milner Trail Letter Claim is a Letter to Citizens Unhappy with Idaho County on […]

Notice of Claim by Citizen To The State of Idaho

Printer friendly pdf version for Download: To: SECRETARY OF STATE STATE OF IDAHOP.O. BOX 83720BOISE, ID 83720-0080 (208) 334-2852 [email protected] Name of Claimant: ___________________________________________________ Mailing Address: ___________________________________________________ City and State: ___________________________________________________ Phone Number: ___________________________________________________ Email (optional) ___________________________________________________ In Compliance with Title 6, Chapter 9, Idaho Code, the undersigned hereby presents a claim against the State of […]

Citizen questions LEVIES and the MVSD BALLOT

Two citizen questions came up regarding pending MVSD Levy: 1) Can Charter schools run levies? YES and NO… AND ANOTHER GOOD CITIZEN QUESTION 2) Does the pending MSVD levy ballot satisfy the new disclosure law? First charter schools:  Idaho Code Section 33-802 expressly PERMITScharter schools DISTRICTS to run levies. “33-802.  SCHOOL LEVIES. (6)  A charter district may […]

Breach of Elected Official Oath

MEMO A way for citizens to hold them accountable or even oust them from office… A CITIZEN REMEDY BASED ON FIDELITY BOND CLAIMS… So I have been considering if and how local elected officials can be forced to comply with the law – asking this question is a sad commentary indeed but well justified… In particular I […]

Our Founding Fathers – Would they support God in Schools?

Prepared by Joshua Palken (4-3-2024)  So a sincere local citizen posted some comments here in support of charter schools which really have a serious problem that has to be pointed out.  He starts with the very agreeable concept, that “If our schools today reflected the intentions of those who came to America to start a new […]

The Idaho Board of Education — What does it do?

Prepared by Joshua Palken (April 2, 2024) So the basics – the Idaho Board of Education (BOE) is an institution set up and mandated by  ARTICLE 9 SECTION 2 of the Idaho Constitution which provides as follows: “BOARD OF EDUCATION. The general supervision of the state educational institutions and public school system of the state […]

Levies for Charters Schools, not if but WHEN…

Short update on charter school levies that I found after I wrote my charter school memo… And that is: The restriction in Idaho – no levies for Charter Schools is under attack by the charter school movement – can and no  doubt will change unless we abolish the levy now. See this article the push for […]

Charter Schools Levy Solution or Tail Wagging the Dog?

Prepared by Joshua Palken (3-28-2024) Article 9 Section 1 of the Idaho Constitution recites: “The stability of a republican form of government depend(s) mainly upon the intelligence of the people.” I accept that statement and this is the legal and moral basis for education being the largest single portion of our entire state budget. That […]

Charter schools: Should we or Shouldn’t we?

Yes, but only if they actually SERVE the students. I do not know if this is true or not. But a LOT of people think this. Even if it is not true this is a terrible image that would have to be addressed before having any chance of selling Charter Schools to the majority. And […]

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