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Why Idaho Rejected Proposition 3

Idaho voters delivered a ringing defeat of Propositions 1, 2 and 3 Tuesday, rejecting the three-part education overhaul backed by Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna and Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter, and approved by the Legislature in 2011. The most resounding “No” came on Proposition 3, which addressed online education and technology in schools.  Voters rejected it by a two-to-one margin.  It’s worth asking: Why was that measure so overwhelmingly unpopular?  At her North End polling place on Election Day, mother Jennifer Thornfeldt (pictured with daughter, Stella) offered one answer.  “There are districts that don’t have money for books or for supplies, and teachers are buying them out of their own salaries,” she said.  “To appropriate money toward buying computers seemed to me to miss the mark”/Molly Messick, StateImpact. More here. (StateImpact photo: Molly Messick)

Question: Why did you vote against Proposition 3?

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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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