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Superintendents Grade Legislature

When it comes to grading the 2014 legislative session, the five candidates for state schools superintendent are all over the bell curve:

  • Republican John Eynon gave the session a “C” — for failing to address concerns over Idaho Core Standards and for following Gov. Butch Otter’s education task force down the path of implementing pieces of the rejected Propositions 1, 2 and 3.
  • Democrat Jana Jones handed out a “C,” but for decidedly different reasons. She chastised the Legislature for doing nothing to prioritize the task force recommendations “in any meaningful way.”
  • Republican Andy Grover split his grade. The Legislature deserved an “A” for finishing its work in 74 days, the shortest session since 2004, and a “B” on education issues.
  • Republican Randy Jensen gave the session an “A,” and said he had “no serious concerns” with the outcome.
  • Republican Sherri Ybarra declined to give a grade. But like other candidates, on both sides of the aisle, she commended lawmakers for boosting the K-12 budget; the 5.1 percent spending increase is the most robust since 2007. More here.

Question: How can anyone give the 2014 Legislature an A?


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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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