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CdA School Board Is Out Of Touch

The Coeur d'Alene School Board individually endorsed the Luna Laws after stopping short of collectively taking a stand as an entire board. Trustees Terri Seymour and Ann Seddon did so in writing. Of Proposition 3, Seymour and Seddon wrote in a letter to the Coeur d'Alene Press editor:

We fully support Proposition 3. Technology has become essential in 21st century schools. The proposed computing devices are a tool and not a replacement for teachers any more than textbooks replace teachers. It is a rare student who can obtain a college or technical degree without taking an online class. Students need this skill. Classes can also be taken through interactive computer classes with a real teacher instructing the class. Most teachers would treasure the ability to individualize instruction with computer applications.

Proposition 3 was overwhelmingly rejected at the polls, statewide and locally. The other two propositions failed badly too, a repudiation of all those follow-the-leader partisans who blindly follow the Otter administration and Superintendent Tom Luna. So you have to ask yourselves:

Question: How out of step is the current Coeur d'Alene School Board that includes three appointees?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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