Idaho State Sen. Steven Thayn explains the success of state’s Advanced Opportunities program

In Politics by Michael Rae

In 2016, Idaho adopted the Advanced Opportunities program, an innovative approach to giving flexibility and educational choice to K-12 students. Through this program, all students in 7th through 12th grade are given a one-time sum of $4,125 in a state-managed account that can be used for college credit courses, exam fees, overload courses, workforce training, and mastery-based course credits. Though recently expanded to non-public school students, the program has been almost entirely used by public school students and has been extremely popular. In the 2020-2021 school year, 37,880 Idaho students used the program, including more than half of the state’s