School choice continues to gain traction in Idaho and across the U.S. The National School Choice Week website estimated that more than 125 events would take place in Idaho during the week and more than 16,000 independent events were planned nationwide. Idaho Gov. Butch Otter was one of 30 governors to issue a proclamation about School Choice Week.

Idaho faces a unique challenge regarding school choice, one that came up at DeVos’ recent confirmation hearing.

Wyoming Sen. Mike Enzi and Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, both Republicans, brought up their concerns about the assorted trials that rural states face in education structure and financing. Both talked about the distance issues that students in rural areas face to get to get to publicly funded charter schools.

So does it make sense for Idaho to pursue public charter schools in the rural space?

References cited:

The Atlantic: Can School Choice Work in Rural Areas?