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?