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Otter Wants To ‘See It Through’

Some of you complained yesterday that you wanted to see the faces of Marie Widmyer and her son, Ben, talking to Gov. Butch Otter in downtown Coeur d'Alene. The Duane Rasmussen photo published in Huckleberries showed the backs of the Widmyers as they talked to Otter. Huckleberries has heard your cries. With a big assist from Duane, here's the photo you requested.

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter wants a third term to complete work he has begun, including reforming education and luring industry to the state. After Idaho Superintendent Tom Luna's education reform Propositions 1, 2 and 3 were rejected by voters, Otter organized a Task Force for Improving Education to continue exploring and developing ideas to improve kindergarten through 12th-grade education in Idaho. Otter's task force took Propositions 2 and 3 and put them on a five-year, $350 million plan, he said. Proposition 2 focuses on teacher merit pay, and 3 focuses on classroom technology and online learning. “I'd like to see that through,” Otter said Monday in a meeting with The Press editorial board/David Cole, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Can Idaho education afford for Otter to “see it through”?

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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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