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CSB Chairman Salutes Teachers

Speaking for himself, new Coeur d'Alene School Board Chairman Tom Hearn made the following statement to re-launch negotiations with the Coeur d'Alene Education Association this morning:

First I want to thank the teachers for the tremendous work that you do and for your loyalty to the children and to the Coeur d’Alene community. You are a gift to our community and we wouldn’t have the high quality education in the Coeur d’Alene School District that we have without the daily hard work and dedication of the teachers and staff. I have never met a teacher, who went into the teaching business for the money,….but of course it is also their job and they expect to be paid fairly and treated with respect. More here.

Question: Do you notice any difference between the approach to teachers taken by the new School Board and the old one? Or izzit just me?

Regan Blasts Teachers Union

The appointed trustees who lost their election bids to hold on to their positions on the Coeur d'Alene school board aren't leaving quietly. When the trustees met Monday to vote on the proposed budget for the next fiscal year, which begins July 1, Brent Regan said he could not "in good conscience" give his blessing to the budget. Regan, whose term ends June 30, blasted the Coeur d'Alene Education Association during the meeting, stating that the teachers union members engaged in bad faith negotiations last spring before the election. "They came to the table wanting to, I guess, demonize us," Regan said. Because of the teachers union's lack of good faith, the current board members are faced with the prospect of approving a budget that "hurts kids," because it includes cuts, Regan said/Maureen Dolan, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Would teachers say that the Coeur d'Alene School Board negotiated in good faith?

McHugh: Teachers Union Did No Wrong

  • Originally posted 10:29 a.m. Saturday

Item: Prosecutor: No campaign crime was committed/Maureen Dolan, Coeur d'Alene Press

More Info: The Kootenai County prosecutor has found no evidence that the local teachers union in Coeur d'Alene committed any crimes by offering financial campaign assistance to school board candidates. Prosecutor Barry McHugh sent a letter Friday to Jeff Ward, president of the Kootenai County Reagan Republicans activist group. In the letter, McHugh advised Ward that the Coeur d'Alene Education Association, which is the teachers union, had not violated Idaho statutes. McHugh's letter was in response to a complaint filed earlier this week by Ward.

Question: Do you agree with Prosecutor McHugh's finding that the Coeur d'Alene Education Association committed no crime in donating to school board candidates?