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Missoula Trustee Quits Over IB

Missoula County Public Schools district trustee Larry Foust, not a year into his term, abruptly quit the school board Tuesday evening, leaving board members with their jaws hanging open. Foust, a recently retired 37-year MCPS teacher, resigned after reading a short letter he had written for the special board meeting, called to approve the ballot language for the upcoming May school trustee elections and to discuss the budget. Foust, reached at home, said he has been increasingly frustrated at being asked to approve school direction and policies enacted before he began to serve last May – particularly the International Baccalaureate Program, an academically elite program that will open next year at Hellgate High School. “We should be concentrating on educating the ‘unwashed masses,’ the kids who don’t have all the nurturing,” he said. “All the kids who need a good, basic education”/Jamie Kelly, Missoulian. More here.

Question: Sounds like this guy is attacking the International Baccaulaureate program from the opposite side that Coeur d'Alene School District patron Duncan Koler is. What say you?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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