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Fri., Feb. 8, 2013, 8:41 a.m.

Bill Would Ban Criminals From Schools

The head of the state’s prison system is skeptical of a bill that would make Idaho high schools off-limits to convicted criminals. But the sponsor, Twin Falls Republican Sen. Lee Heider, has 27 grandchildren in Magic Valley schools — he says he wants these schools to be kept as safe as possible. With little discussion and no objection, the Senate Education Committee introduced Heider’s Senate Bill 1056 Tuesday. That means the bill could come back to the committee for a full hearing. Heider’s case centers on an incident in a Magic Valley high school. Heider won’t identify the school, but in committee, he offered a detailed account. He said two convicted felons enrolled in the school, started gangs, began trafficking drugs and impregnated two girls/Kevin Richert, IdahoEDNews. More here.

Question: Do you agree with Rep. Heider that Idaho high schools shouldn't admit convicted criminals?

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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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