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Mon., Dec. 9, 2013, 9:57 a.m.

Balukoff Needs To Change Ed Debate

Boise businessman A.J. Balukoff can serve as the latest Democratic sacrificial lamb for Idaho governor. All he needs to do is debate education policy along the parameters established by the state's majority party - teacher pay, taxes and accountability. Arguing on the margins is how Democrats have ceded the governor's office for the past five elections.If, on the other hand, Balukoff truly intends to make his campaign t a referendum on education, he must change the conversation. Begin by putting people ahead of programs. For the past two decades, the state has been awash with the latest acronym or slogan - No Child Left Behind, the Idaho Standards Achievement Tests, state schools Superintendent Tom Luna's overhaul package and Common Core. Obscured in the process is the primary engine of education - the relationship between teacher and pupil/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

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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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