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Idaho Students Are Stuck in Trailers as Voters Reject Bonds for Schools

  • Population grew 3.4% between April 2020 and July 2021
  • Failed bonds pressure school officials to solve overcrowding

Voters in Idaho are poised to reject most school bond proposals that were up for election Tuesday, sending officials back to the drawing board on how to handle overcrowding amid surging population growth.

Three of the four general-obligation school bond measures on ballots Tuesday were failing, according to unofficial results as of Wednesday morning. Together with supplemental levies, which often help cover school operating costs, more than $280 million was up for a vote. Many of the levies are on track to pass, though they only require a simple majority, unlike bonds which need super-majorities to pass in Idaho.