BOISE, Idaho (Jan. 31, 2018) – A bill introduced in the Idaho House would gradually eliminate all federal education funding for grades K-12. Passage of the bill would set the stage to nullify many federal education mandates.Rep. Ronald Nate (R-Rexburg) introduced House Bill 413 (H413) on Jan. 25. The legislation would limit the amount of federal funding taken by the state for K-12 education, gradually eliminating it altogether. Under the proposed law, the state would limit the amount of federal education funding to $300 million in 2019. Each subsequent year, the amount would be reduced by another $40 million. By 2027, Idaho would no longer rely on federal funding for any of its K-12 education appropriations.
“Once attained, Idaho will retain its education freedom by not allowing federal funding for any of its future grades K-12 education appropriations.”
By rejecting all federal funding, Idaho would free itself from many federal mandates. As a 2005 U.S. Department of Education website put it, “There are no unfunded federal education ‘mandates.’ Every federal education law is conditioned on a state or other grantee’s decision to accept federal program funds.”
Simply put, rejecting the funds empowers the state to reject …
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