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Regan Questions Partisan Label

On his Brent Regan Trustee Facebook wall, Trustee Regan says the Coeur d'Alene School Board is diverse and doesn't display a partisan balance. In part, he says:

The ONLY way you can claim the current Board is not diverse is if you put on partisan goggles that filter out everything but political affiliations. You must have a partisan perspective in order to claim there is a POTENTIAL for partisan behavior. But where is the evidence? Where is the proof that this Board has made ANY decision that advances one political party over the other? Where is this imagined party bias? You can read the rest of the post here.

Question: Why would/wouldn't you describe the Coeur d'Alene School Board as diverse? Can you point to any party bias in the board's dealing over the last 12 months?

Are UI Law School Problems Isolated?

Two years ago, a bit of trouble started brewing at the University of Idaho College of Law. The eyes in pictures of gay and civil rights student activists were gouged out, or pierced by pins. A short time later, someone posted fliers saying that Mormons, Catholics and other Christians are at the root of anti-gay sentiment. And more recently, a student made disparaging comments about women, saying they had no place in law school and should be at home bearing children. The tense climate created by these incidents led an accreditation team to strongly recommend diversity and professionalism training for everyone in the law school. Last month, law school faculty members decided to make the sessions mandatory for themselves and all students. But two students said that while such incidents are disturbing, they are in no way indicative of the general culture at the law school/Joel Mills, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Do you support mandatory diversity training for UI Law School students?

UI Law School Dean Ap-hollow-gizes

University of Idaho College of Law Dean Don Burnett (pictured) has responded to 20 Republican lawmakers who are concerned with what they perceive to be a threat from the school over student attendance. In a message back to the group, Burnett apologized for the harshness of his tone in a message about diversity training, but says he plans to proceed with the workshops, slated for next week. “By the way, I have apologized in two open forums with students for the seemingly harsh tone of the language you have quoted,” Burnett wrote. “My intent was simply to be open and transparent, but I could have chosen my words more carefully”/Dustin Hurst, Idaho Reporter. More here.


SR: A Darker Shade Of Pale

Yes, this area remains largely monocultural, but at least we’re a slightly darker shade of pale. Here, about one person in 10 belongs to a racial minority. Nationally, more than a fourth of Americans do. Still, the degree of change deserves admiring mention. Spokane County and the state of Idaho achieved diversity growth at a slightly faster pace than the nation as a whole. That’s good, but Kootenai County’s figures showed a demographic shift four times as fast as the rest of the country. Kootenai County – the same Kootenai County where neo-Nazis, skinheads and other racist misfits burned crosses and paraded down Sherman Avenue – made diversity gains over the past 20 years that tower over other areas/Spokesman-Review Editorial Board. More here. (SR file photo: Jesse Tinsley)

Question: Do you notice more diversity in Kootenai County and North Idaho?

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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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