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Fri., Aug. 30, 2013, 8:56 a.m.

Trib: Board Of Ed Gets Jeers

In his weekly Cheers & Jeers column, opinionator Marty Trillhaase of the Lewiston Tribune offers Jeers to ...

... the Idaho State Board of Education. A five-member majority - including President Don Soltman of Twin Lakes and Bill Goesling of Moscow - just endorsed the idea of spending money Idaho does not have to train lawyers it does not need. The University of Idaho wants to add a second year to its Boise-based third-year program. The UI has some compelling reasons - chief among them that the center of law and government is 300 miles south of the main campus at Moscow. The problem is one of choices and resources. Idaho higher education still has 17 percent -- or $49 million -- less state support than it did five years ago. Even with a modest bump in the number of seats Idaho is buying at the University of Washington medical school, the state still struggles to find enough doctors.The state could expand its software engineering program by more than 100 graduates. But lawyers?/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Does Idaho need more lawyers?

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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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