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CEPartnership Wants Your Comments

The Coeur d’Alene Education Partnership is seeking input from throughout the community as part of its strategic planning process. The local nonprofit, founded in 2012, is gathering information through the use of focus groups and an online survey: CEP is asking everyone with a vested interest in the school district to participate in the survey which will be online until Oct. 15. It takes approximately 10 minutes to complete and identities of participants will be anonymous/Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Let Huckleberries know if you take the survey by posting your thoughts about it under this thread?

4 Of 6 Candidates Show For Forum

The school trustee hopefuls who attended the Coeur d'Alene Education Partnership's candidate forum on Tuesday all said they believe a school board position is and should be a nonpartisan one. Some of the newcomers seeking election, speaking to a crowd of about 120 in the Coeur d'Alene Public Library's Community Room, said they are running for seats on the Coeur d'Alene School District's Board of Trustees because the entity currently lacks political and philosophical balance and diversity. “This is supposed to be a nonpartisan school board. We're supposed to be focused on what's best for children, how can we help our education professionals. ..We're not supposed to be focused on partisan political issues,” said Tom Hearn, who's running against Bjorn Handeen for the Zone 5 seat now held by Jim Hightower/Maureen Dolan, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (Duane Rasmussen photo: Candidates Tom Hearn and Christa Hazel chat before the debate forum)

DFO: Bjorn Handeen and Ann Seddon failed to appear for the forum.

Question: Which candidate are you going to support in your zone?

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?

Jennifer: Wary Of Trustee Forum

Jennifer Locke (Re: Letter: Beware the Coeur d'Alene Education Partnership/Coeur Group forum): You know as well as I do, that questions can be asked to make someone look bad on both sides and it doesn't help when you have to explain yourself in a 30 second sound bite. I had a friend tell me about showing up early to a forum where the governor was going to be answering questions last year and that he had some guy who was part of the teacher's union there telling his people what to say or what questions to ask the governor before the forum. This guy thought my friend was part of his group. Most of these events on either side of the aisle are typically staged events. Do we know if all of candidates will be getting these questions ahead of the forum?

DFO: Before the Mica Grange forum, there were rumors that the deck was stacked against the three challengers to the incumbents and Bjorn Handeen because the forum was organized by a diehard Republican. The forum went off without a hitch — and no loaded questions from the audience. Now supporters of the incumbents and Handeen are nervous because CEP has organized the Tuesday (5:30-7:30 p.m.) forum at the Coeur d'Alene Library. JimmyMac's Core Group will handle the questions. I've seen 2 or 3 of these Coeur Group forums, including one that involved controversial Councilman Steve Adams. The Coeur Group moderator and professionals couldn't be more neutral. Anyone who skips this forum because they're afraid of a loaded question isn't worthy to represent the Coeur d'Alene district as a trustee.

Question: Do you plan to attend the CEP/Coeur Group trustee forum Tuesday?

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