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State lawmakers to help choose kids for new NASA program for Idaho students

Item: Online program connects Idaho students, NASA/Betsy Z. Russell, S-R

More Info: Bright, advanced Idaho high school juniors can now compete to get into a new science and math online class and summer academy offered in partnership with NASA - in part by impressing a local state legislator. Or, perhaps, just knowing one. "We would like to get state lawmakers involved in this, in endorsing students from their legislative district," said Idaho Department of Education spokeswoman Melissa McGrath. "Legislators would be involved in the review of applications and helping to select the students ... they'd have a big role in choosing which student goes."

Question: Is this a good role for elected lawmakers?

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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.