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Fri., May 18, 2007, 10:04 a.m.

Sweet Potatoes — to Bill Proser, Charter Academy

A national education policy group honored the Coeur d'Alene Charter Academy this week in Washington, D.C. The eight-year-old school was one of 53 charter schools nationwide selected as the top schools in the nation by the Center for Education Reform. All of the approximately 4,000 U.S charter schools were eligible. School founder and English teacher Bill Proser traveled to Washington to accept the award. "It's great that we're being recognized as part of a reform movement, because we try to always remember that that's truly what we're about," said Dan Nicklay, the school's principal. The 500-student school was noted for its graduation rate, high test scores and well-qualified teachers.

Question: Can we all finally agree that the Coeur d'Alene Charter Academy is a wonderful alternative to local public schooling?

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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.