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Tue., Feb. 18, 2014, 2:14 p.m.

Luna: Idaho Not Ready For Pre-K Pilot

Some preschoolers don’t come to kindergarten prepared to learn, state superintendent Tom Luna said, and Idaho “would be remiss to ignore that.” Still, Luna said he doesn’t support a pre-K pilot bill, unveiled more than a month ago by Boise Democratic Rep. Hy Kloc. “I don’t think we’re ready to do even what he’s suggesting all over the state,” Luna said Tuesday afternoon. The pre-K issue came up during a wide-ranging question-and-answer session at a forum sponsored by Boise State University’s Andrus Center for Public Policy. And Luna conceded that he has “learned a lot” about the issue in his seven years in office/Kevin Richert, IdahoED News. More here.

DFO: I began school in the first grade at age 5. No kindergarten. No pre-kindergarten. I was the third youngest student in my graduating high school class. Sometimes, I wished my mother would have held onto me until I was 6. Then, I would have been one of the oldest ones in my class. Probably affected my sports play somewhat. But I was still a decent baseball player and wrestler.

Question: Did you go to kindergarten?

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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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