Governor’s Visit to Gooding School May Have Violated Ethics Rules
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Republican candidates running for statewide and legislative offices stopped at a public charter school, where they were greeted by the student body, while traveling on a campaign bus tour. The Spokesman-Review reports that the Oct. 24 visit raises questions over whether the stop violated Idaho's education ethics code. The code forbids schools from promoting political candidates or political activities. Pictures of the event show campaign signs posted in front of Gooding's North Valley Academy Public Charter School.
North Valley school board chairwoman Deby Infanger says it wasn't a campaign event. She described it as a visit from the governor. Idaho Republican Party Executive Director David Johnston says he wasn't aware the academy was a public school. He says Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter's campaign staff arranged the stop.