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Fri., March 22, 2013, 1:46 p.m.

Statesman: Wait On School Bills

March Madness is in full swing, and we're not talking about the college basketball version. In the Idaho Legislature, March Madness is the time when bills come to the floor like popcorn out of a chute. The last weeks of a session are mind-numbing for legislators, who have little time to think about - let alone read and digest - everything that's in front of them. This is the worst possible time to be considering the white-hot topic of education reform, or specifically, a series of bills promoted by the Idaho School Boards Association that have the flavor of Proposition 1, which was soundly defeated by voters last November/Idaho Statesman Editorial Page. More here.

Question: The Idaho Statesman is repeating the advice given by Gov. Butch Otter to the 2013 Idaho Legislature -- Don't try to ramroad any "education reform" through, in the closing days of the Legislature. Good advice?

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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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