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Press To Trustees: Go Slow On PYP

In its Sunday editorial, the Coeur d'Alene Press cautions the Coeur d'Alene School Board not to let personal agendas get in the way of overall good during discussions and vote on the Primary Years Programme at Hayden Meadows:

Alas, unlike IB's final days, the executioner's mask has come off with PYP and the real motives have been exposed. School board Chairman Tom Hamilton (pictured) is on the record as saying that one of the chief reasons he disapproves of PYP is because he believes it does not reflect the values he and his family hold dear. While we certainly respect that viewpoint and would understand if Tom sent his children elsewhere, we believe such a pronouncement from the head of the school board ensures that he will not give the matter fair consideration. We also wonder if his judgment has colored the objectivity of other board members, only one of whom has been on the board for more than a few months. Before another lynch mob assembles, further study of PYP at Hayden Meadows is essential. It should start with the hundreds of parents who are happy with the product. Perhaps it should even end there.

Question: How can Chairman Tom Hamilton and the largely appointed Coeur d'Alene School Board ease constituent fears that they are dealing with PYP issue fairly?




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