If you don’t know by now, Idaho’s K-12 education system ranks 48th among 50 states and the District of Columbia.

And Idaho also ranks 50th in average weekly wages.

There are many facets that influence the results of the education system, from the home to the classroom, to the school board, to the statehouse. The education of Idahoans is a multi-faceted undertaking, with responsibilities distributed across the students, parents, teachers, administrators, boards, communities, and legislators. This broad reach makes enforcing accountability a complicated and sometimes unclear task.

So how can Idahoans understand the implications and results of a poorly ranking education system? By broadening the scope to look at the state of Idaho from an economic perspective, the economic reality for Idahoans comes into focus. The view is sobering.

Idaho ranks 50th among 50 states and the District of Columbia in comparable average weekly wage. Average weekly wage describes the average amount of money that a worker in a comparable industry earns each week.

What does Idaho’s ranking 48th in education have to do with ranking 50th in average weekly wage?

An inadequate education system has negative impacts on a state economy. A weak state economy has damaging implications for a healthy, strong education system. This is a vicious cycle that gets harder and harder to break as long as it perpetuates. Even the Idaho State Constitution states that the stability of the government is dependent on the intelligence of the people. Having a fair educational foundation levels the playing field for all Idahoans to have a chance to set themselves up for success.

Don’t Fail Idaho makes a stand for education to be Idaho’s number one priority. A strong education can lead to increased well-being, health, social trust, employment, and income. A strong economy can result in more economic prosperity and opportunity.

A strong education and a strong economy for Idaho can provide further opportunity for Idahoans to learn, thrive, and prosper.

References Cited:

Education Week: Quality Counts 2017

Bureau of Labor Statistics: County Employment and Wages in Idaho