Idaho is trapped in a toxic cycle with an insufficiently educated workforce that cant break free of low-paying jobs, a Boise business executive told Idaho lawmakers Thursday.
Bob Lokken, CEO of WhiteCloud Analytics, said highly educated Idahoans are leaving the state and being replaced by people with less education.
I would contend that puts us in a little bit of a death spiral, said Lokken, whose company specializes in health-care software. He spoke at the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce's annual luncheon for legislators.
Idaho ranks at the bottom of the states in per-capita income and leads the nation in the percentage of its workforce earning the minimum wage.
This is the death spiral: I am trying to grow a knowledge-era business in the state of Idaho, and I cant find the critical knowledge workers I need, he said.
Lokken said the new Idaho Core Standards, a rigorous set of goals for what students should know, give the state a chance to break free from an education system that sends too few students to college and requires a high rate of remediation for those who do go.
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