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Parents File Complaint Vs. Trustees

The Coeur d’Alene School Board is accused of religious discrimination, fiscal irresponsibility and ethics lapses in a grievance filed Thursday by a group of Coeur d’Alene and Hayden residents. The 20-page complaint, supported by a petition signed by more than 100 residents, was prompted by the board’s controversial decision at the start of the school year to eliminate the Primary Years Programme at Hayden Meadows Elementary School. Nicole Olson and Ashlie Unruh, who helped prepare the grievance, said they would like to see the PYP teaching framework reinstated at the school. More than that, though, they say they want school trustees to follow district and state policies when making decisions/Scott Maben, SR. More here.

Question: Will the Coeur d'Alene School Board give this grievance a fair hearing?

Koler Slams Press PYP Editorial

Duncan Koler, a Coeur d'Alene Press letter writer who has spearheaded the attack on the International Baccalaureate and Primary Years Programme in the Coeur d'Alene School District, is taking Press editor Mike Patrick to task today for a recent editorial:

Patrick, long on record as unable to “see” IB/PYP as a socio-political values-driven program, falls back on the standard liberal attack approach of labeling those who disagree as “conspiracy theorists.” This despite IB/PYP’s agenda being stated clearly on their website, in their speeches, lesson plans, workshops and everywhere else in their own materials. Mike, it was disingenuous to suggest hidden motives by the school board. (Who is the conspiracy theorist now?) Trustees Hamilton and Seymour ran against IB/PYP. The other trustees have said they would look carefully at IB/PYP, and that is being done. Why would consideration of IB/PYP’s stated agenda be off-limits? Full letter here.

Question: Which side represents your values on this issue more — Duncan Koler's or the Press?

Trustees Vote 4-0 To End IB Program

A controversial advanced learning program for high school students will be pulled from the Coeur d’Alene School District. The school board voted 4-0 Monday night to end the district’s affiliation with International Baccalaureate, an optional course of rigorous study intended to give students a deeper understanding of world affairs and help them prepare for college. IB classes ranging from chemistry to Chinese language to art and music will be eliminated at Lake City High School after juniors and seniors currently enrolled complete their studies. Board members said the IB program falls short in its enrollment, test scores, available college credit and costs. The Advance Placement program at Coeur d’Alene High School is a better value, several said/Scott Maben, SR. More here.

  • Also, the Coeur d'Alene School Board received only one application for the Zone 5 vacancy — a person from Zone 2 who is not eligible for the position by virtue of residency.

Question: So did the Coeur d'Alene School Board stop the all-out assault by the United Nations to indoctrinate Coeur d'Alene school children?

Press: Requiem For A Good Program

Fans of the Coeur d'Alene School District's International Baccalaureate program, that sure does sound like taps in the background. Since a group of citizens just this side of the John Birch Society took lethal aim at IB, worried that the globally acclaimed program for accelerated learners was actually scholastic subterfuge behind which commies and atheists and Cubs fans lurked, its life in North Idaho was limited. First IB was cut from two high schools to one. Now it is up before the district's Board of Trustees for execution. Our defense of the program is strong but not boundless. The curriculum itself is outstanding. Top educators across the nation agree that teaching our children to think critically is as vital a mission as any, and IB excels at that. Its Theory of Knowledge class is without peer in North Idaho. But the IB curriculum is challenging enough to scare away many students, and in the final analysis it is only going to be as valuable as its teachers and students make it/Coeur d'Alene Press Editorial Board. More here. (Coeur d'Alene School District photo: James Purtee, an appointed trustee who opposes IB)

Question: Are you going to miss International Baccalaureate?

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