January 23, 1996 in Nation/World

Student Takes His Homework To The Capitol

By The Spokesman-Review

David Reed was a little overwhelmed.

In a packed room with a soaring arched ceiling and stone columns, he stood before the state Legislature’s most powerful committee, the senators and representatives who set the state budget.

But the Mullan High School senior got off easy. He didn’t end up saying anything.

Teacher Jim See told the committee how the Mullan School District has used state technology funds to buy up-to-date computers and teach kids everything from math skills to television production. He showed the committee a video that Reed produced, which played on lawmakers’ computer screens.

Part of the story told in the video was about how Mullan had to re-wire its school buildings to handle a modern computer network.

State Superintendent of Schools Anne Fox said around the state, “Some of the classrooms are so old in our school districts, they have one (electrical) outlet.”

The governor’s budget recommends continuing the technology program.

Reed said after the committee hearing that See’s TV production class is “one of my favorite classes.”

An 18-year-old running back on the school football team, Reed started off making football tapes. For a project on careers, he made a video underground at the Lucky Friday mine, where his dad works as a supervisor.

He hopes to attend the University of Idaho and study law enforcement or physical training.

, DataTimes

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