Dr. Marty Gabica, the son of a woman who was instrumental in the fight to receive state funding for early education in the 1970's, is telling her story.
Idaho was one of only two states, the other being Mississippi, in the country that did not fund kindergarten in 1971. When then-Gov. Cecil D. Andrus took office that year, he made it clear that education was a top priority.
Even as one of his top priorities, it took Andrus nearly five years to pass an early education funding bill through the Idaho legislature. It was not until 1975 that kindergarten programs began receiving funds from the state.
Andrus, however, was not alone in his efforts. A group of women who were very determined to get the state to pay for kindergarten education was instrumental in passing the legislation. One of those women was Marilyn Shuler, the well-known Idaho human rights advocate, …