Idaho Education News has published a thoughtful explanation of the legislative proposal to provide GEM Scholarships to Idaho families who need and deserve the freedom to find the best educational fit for their unique needs.
House Bill 590 would provide a private scholarship option for students from low-income households, students with special needs, students who are considered at-risk and children of active duty military personnel.
“Idaho lawmakers and policy makers are wise to continue investing in its public schools. But this need not be an either-or situation. A growing Idaho is smart to diversify its bets on what learning opportunities work best for which children. A targeted and limited GEM account tax credit would be simply another constitutionally appropriate learning option for families and students that need different choices to better meet their needs.”