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SR: Idaho Needs Education Fix

The current state of education in Idaho could be condensed into one of those melodramatic movie trailers: “In a world where 60 percent of jobs require some post-secondary education, fewer than 40 percent of Idahoans have any credentials beyond a high school diploma.” In fact, that’s the message state schools Superintendent Tom Luna delivered to a special legislative committee on Thursday. With an above-average high school graduation rate, the state might seem like it’s doing well, but the “stark reality,” Luna said, is that the high rate is the product of low standards. The proof is the low percentage of Idahoans who seek to further their education, whether at college or in a technical school. Plus, a high percentage of those who do enroll in colleges need remedial course work to catch up. But the good news is that Idaho leaders are not satisfied/Spokesman-Review. More here.

Question: Do Idaho Republicans finally have the political will to fix the education system that they've allowed to languish during the Great Recession?

Otter Task Force ♥s Common Core

Item: ‘Common Core’ gets near-unanimous OK: Idaho education panel makes recommendation/John Miller, AP

More Info: All 31 panelists except one – Madison School District Superintendent Geoff Thomas – voted to support Idaho’s push to advance with so-called “Common Core” requirements in 2014 that are part of a 45-state effort to align educational standards across America from the more-fragmented existing system. Common Core has become mired in divisive debate across the country, as groups such as the National Republican Party have labeled it an “inappropriate overreach.” In Idaho, lawmakers including former House Speaker Lawerence Denney, R-Midvale, have suggested plans to scuttle Common Core when the Legislature meets in January.

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Bloggy: Task Force We Can Believe In

Tongue firmly cheeked, Mr. Bloggy offers his own ideas re: a task force on human rights approach to Westboro Baptist Church invaders: “Mr_Bloggy remains flummoxed and dumbfounded that we, as a so-called civilized society, continue to rely on change-impotent and quiver-empty “task forces” on “human relations” to bloviate, pontificate, shiver, shimmy and shake over what Mr_Bloggy likes to call “pure, damn, evil” rather than actually, you know, SOLVE THE PROBLEMS. Here, need some task force definitional metrics? Need a foundation for a more effective narrative? Let Mr_Bloggy suggest a minimalist approach, a creamless shave with Occam’s Razor. Keep reading.

Question: How would you deal with Westboro Baptist Church, if you ran the universe?

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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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