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Fernan Principal: Public Ed Flourishing 

Recent condemnation of teachers and the public school system saddens me. I read Letters to the Editor, listen to politicians and watch the nightly news to learn that public education is failing our children. Talk radio and television commentators warn of the bottomless money pit...

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Goedde Turns Ed Funding Bill On Ear 

Senate Education Chairman John Goedde, R-Coeur d’Alene, who led the historic move in the Senate to defeat the public school budget today – after it had cleared the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee on a 15-5 vote and passed the House 52-16 – said after the vote...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 3, 2011

Hoffman: Open Fire, Cop Talks, Too 

I saw a news report out of Twin Falls last month that got me thinking a bit more about the current state of public employee union negotiations. Thanks to the education reforms passed by the Legislature last winter, labor negotiations between the teachers' union and...

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Kevin: K-12 Funding Next To Last 

We're still No. 50 — or, if you prefer, we're still ahead of Utah. Idaho's per-pupil spending ranked next to last in 2008-09, according to a new Census Bureau report issued today. Idaho spent $7,092 per pupil in 2008-09, compared to a national average of...

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THURSDAY, MAY 19, 2011

Albertson's Meets Ed Needs -- Again 

Has there ever been a private institution that has done as much good for Idaho education as the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation? The foundation announced Wednesday that it’s donating $21 million to the Idaho Department of Education to help create “the 21st century classroom”...

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IEA Sues Luna Public Ed 'Reforms' 

The Idaho Education Association filed a lawsuit in 4th District Court in Ada County today challenging the constitutionality of SB 1108, the bill to remove most collective bargaining rights from Idaho teachers, and related “trailer” bills including one adding an emergency clause to that measure....

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FRIDAY, APRIL 22, 2011

John Goedde 'Dear Neighbor' Letter 

Just when I was starting to grumble more about the weather than the Idaho Legislature, I received a two-page letter from my state senator, John Goedde. In it, Goedde underline a couple of things, including the statement: "Total General Fund appropriations for Public Education (K-12)...

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Otter Quietly Signs 2 Luna Bills 10 

Statement issued by Butch Otter as he signed Tom Luna's "education reform" bills into law: “I had the privilege of signing into law today two bills that have been a long time coming, have been publicly vetted and debated to an unprecedented degree, and will...

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TUESDAY, FEB. 22, 2011

Liz: Public Ed No Good For My Family 12 

Liz: My kids go to private schools. There is a reason for that. I also had very negative experiences growing up in public schools. There has been plenty written about public education and it’s shortcomings. Being as I have not chosen the public option, I...

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MONDAY, FEB. 21, 2011

NI Educators March In Downtown CdA 12 

North Idaho educators and supporters are marching down Sherman Avenue in protest to Tom Luna's education "reform" plans as i post this. Here, Sandpoint High student Tyson Bird is talking to KHQ reporters about his objections to Luna's radical plan. (Photo courtesy of William Love)

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More Than 1000 Rally Vs. Luna Plans 

More than a thousand people are closely packed into Capitol Park across from the state Capitol today for what was billed as a rally in favor of public education, and is decidedly a rally against state schools Supt. Tom Luna's school reform plan. Periodically, the...

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MONDAY, FEB. 14, 2011

Luna: Teachers Could Cut Own Pay 

State Superintendent of Schools Tom Luna has switched his list of five new bills to just three: One on labor conditions, one on reform, and a separate bill on pay for performance. Introducing the new measures, Luna said, “Ultimately because of this legislation, class sizes...

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THURSDAY, FEB. 3, 2011

Kevin: Public Ed Situation Gloomy 34 

In supporting state superintendent Tom Luna’s education overhaul plan, the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation has also engaged in stunning public self-assessment. “The reform efforts we’ve funded have not worked, have had limited impact, or were never systematically adopted,” the foundation said in a full-page...

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MONDAY, JAN. 31, 2011

Hucks Poll: Raise Taxes 

Weekend Poll: Hucks Nation supports raising taxes to protect essential services, like Medicaid and public education. 111 of 208 respondents (53.4%) support a tax increase to protect services. 92 of 208 (43.2%) oppose raising taxes. 5 (2.4%) were undecided. Today's Poll: Should Idaho's anti-discrimination law...

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FRIDAY, JAN. 21, 2011

Post Falls Woman Backs Luna's Plan 

Lorna Finman of Post Falls told lawmakers, “I am here today to wholeheartedly support Supt. Tom Luna's plan for students come first in Idaho. … We need to adapt and increase our level of education quality like never before if we are to adapt.” Finman,...

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MONDAY, JAN. 5, 2009

Poll: 9 Of 10 Oregonians Dis Public Schools 

Nearly nine out of ten Oregon residents would send their children to private, charter, or virtual schools, or educate their children in a home school setting if they had the decision-making authority, according to the results of a public opinion survey released today by the...

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