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Seddon, Handeen To Be No-Shows

From Coeur d'Alene Education Partnership Facebook wall: “CEP's Coeur d'Alene School Board Candidate Forum is TONIGHT! The Forum starts at 5:30 in the Library Community Room. Candidates from Zones 1, 4, and 5 have all been invited to participate. The Forum will be recorded and will be aired at a later time on CdA Channel 19. Candidates Christa Hazel, Brent Regan, Dave Eubanks and Tom Hearn will be in attendance. At this time, candidates Ann Seddon and Bjorn Handeen have declined to participate.”

DFO: Seddon told me after the Mica Grange forum that she had a scheduling conflict with tonight's CEP/Coeur Group forum, which will be recorded and later televised on Coeur d'Alene TV Channel 19. Seems strange that Bjorn Handeen also has a scheduling conflict.'

Question: I believe candidates who refuse to show up for major debates are like job applicants who don't appear for work interviews — not worthy to hold the job. What do you think?

Koler Targets School Elections Again

If I'm reading the tea leaves correctly, the Kootenai County Republican Women are already on board in support of appointed Coeur d'Alene School Board Trustees Ann Seddon and Brent Regan — and candidate Bjorn Handeen. On the Republican Women Web site, Duncan Koler of Citizens for Better Education (CBE), which was instrumental in the elections of Trustees Tom Hamilton and Terri Seymour, is calling for help in supporting these candidates. Koler wants ground troops to begin walking precincts as early as April 6. Quoth Koler: “We need to be super-organized because the liberal opposition is fully mobilized. Both sides view this as a critical election.” You can read the rest of the post here.

Question: Are you happy with the work of the current Coeur d'Alene School Board?

Seddon Appears At Pachyderm Club

Appointed Trustee Ann Seddon appeared at the North Idaho Pachyderm Club this morning to hand out a flyer promoting her candidacy for the Coeur d'Alene School Board election in May. She launched her campaign by making the nonpartisan race a partisan one, a move promoted by the Kootenai County Reagan Republicans in the last 3 years. Her flyer announces: “I am a retired teacher, a tutor, a conservative and a Republican.” And it concludes by saying: “I would very much like to remain on the Board, but as you know it will take money and unfortunately more than normal. My opponent is a recently retiring teacher from Coeur d'Alene Schools and will have access to union money.” Full flyer here.

Question: Who do you think will have more money for their campaigns — candidates supported by the Reagan Republicans, who have a warchest of at least $10,000, or their challengers?

CdA School Board Is Out Of Touch

The Coeur d'Alene School Board individually endorsed the Luna Laws after stopping short of collectively taking a stand as an entire board. Trustees Terri Seymour and Ann Seddon did so in writing. Of Proposition 3, Seymour and Seddon wrote in a letter to the Coeur d'Alene Press editor:

We fully support Proposition 3. Technology has become essential in 21st century schools. The proposed computing devices are a tool and not a replacement for teachers any more than textbooks replace teachers. It is a rare student who can obtain a college or technical degree without taking an online class. Students need this skill. Classes can also be taken through interactive computer classes with a real teacher instructing the class. Most teachers would treasure the ability to individualize instruction with computer applications.

Proposition 3 was overwhelmingly rejected at the polls, statewide and locally. The other two propositions failed badly too, a repudiation of all those follow-the-leader partisans who blindly follow the Otter administration and Superintendent Tom Luna. So you have to ask yourselves:

Question: How out of step is the current Coeur d'Alene School Board that includes three appointees?

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