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Eye On Boise archive for Oct. 5, 2010

TUESDAY, OCT. 5, 2010

Stan OIson, left, and Tom Luna, right, pose for a photo together before their debate Tuesday night on Idaho Public Television. (Kevin Rank / Idaho Public Television)

The debate for state schools chief... 

Here's a link to my story at spokesman.com on the debate tonight between the two candidates seeking to lead Idaho's school system for the next four years, and you can click below for a full report from AP reporter Jessie Bonner. Tonight's live debate was…

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Stan Olson and Tom Luna, candidates for state superintendent of schools, debate in front of a live audience in the Idaho Capitol Auditorium on Tuesday night (Betsy Russell)

Supt candidates speak out in closing comments

In their closing comments at the end of tonight's debate, each candidate for superintendent of public instruction spoke out. "Idaho needs a real advocate for education," incumbent Supt. Tom Luna declared. He then asked, "Is an advocate for education someone like me who is reducing…

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Candidates on their backgrounds... 

Asked how their backgrounds - Luna's as a businessman, and Olson's as an educator - qualify them to serve as state superintendent, Olson, answering first, said he, too is a businessman, recounting the budget he oversaw at the Boise School District, the large number of…

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Clashing on math initiative...

Asked about the state's math initiative, Luna said it's had "tremendous impact." He noted that, among other changes, students are choosing to do additional math through the Apangea math program he's added in classrooms. "We have states from all over the country that are coming…

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Luna: 'That's because it's difficult, folks'

Reporter panelist Michelle Edmonds of KIVI-TV asked the two candidates if they'd take the ISAT test themselves and publicize their scores, a question that was submitted by a viewer online. Olson said, "I would not want to take especially the math portion of the ISAT.…

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Democratic challenger Stan Olson, left, takes a rhetorical swipe at incumbent Idaho state Superintendent of Schools Tom Luna, right, as the two debated on live statewide TV on Tuesday night. The debate was sponsored by the League of Women Voters and the Idaho Press Club and broadcast statewide on Idaho Public Television. (Betsy Russell)

'Have to tell you about that some day'

Challenger Stan Olson was describing a program in the Boise School District, which he headed as superintendent until his retirement this summer, and said, "It's kind of like defending a dissertation - I'll have to tell you about that some day." That was a crack…

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Debate: 'We're lying to our children'

Asked about testing and the Idaho Standards Achievement Test, Olson said of Idaho educators, "They know like I know that ISAT is a low-bar assessment." Among the standards Idaho's students should be tested for, he said, is "post-secondary readiness, and we're lying to our children…

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Olson, Luna address revenue for schools 

Reporter panelist Bill Roberts of the Idaho Statesman asked the two candidates if they'd support more revenue to spare schools from additional cuts next year. Olson said, "Before we spend the next dollar, we've got to ... define a thorough system of education. ... We…

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Why they're running...

The first question for the two candidates, from moderator Thanh Tan of Idaho Public Television, was why each candidate is running for the position of state superintendent of schools. Incumbent Republican Tom Luna, who was first to answer, said, in part, "When I ran for…

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Panelists and moderator Thanh Tan, left, of Idaho Public Television, prepare for the first "Idaho Debate" on Tuesday (Betsy Russell)

Ready for the debate...

People are filtering in for tonight's debate, the first of the "Idaho Debates" this fall and the big face-off between the candidates for state Superintendent of Public Instruction. Here, reporter panelists and moderator Thanh Tan, left, of Idaho Public Television, get set up. Here's a…

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Otter says he'll sign 'Spice' ban Friday 

Gov. Butch Otter says on Friday he'll sign a temporary rule proposed by the state Board of Pharmacy to add the chemicals used in "Spice," a form of synthetic marijuana, to the state's controlled substances list. The state Legislature then will consider making that move…

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Labrador: 'This is a lie' 

You can read my full story here about Congressman Walt Minnick's latest campaign commercial, which is out today and replaces both of his earlier ads; the new one, like one of the earlier ones, faults Minnick's GOP challenger, Raul Labrador, on immigration. Labrador decried the…

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Otter won't take stand on amendments 

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Republican Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter has refused to take a public stand on three proposed constitutional amendments on the Nov. 2 ballot, playing it safe on an issue he knows could alienate voters…

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1st CD rivals focus on immigration issue 

Here's a link to our full story in today's Spokesman-Review on Maricopa County, Ariz. Sheriff Joe Arpaio's appearance in Coeur d'Alene at a Republican fundraiser yesterday, where he endorsed Raul Labrador's run for Congress, saying Labrador will "help America solve the problem of illegal immigration."…

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Report: Kootenai GOP fractured over Hart 

According to an article in today's Coeur d'Alene Press, the Republican Party in Kootenai County has fractured, in part over the tax woes of Rep. Phil Hart. "What you've got is a group of wackos that have taken over the party," Sen. Mike Jorgenson, R-Hayden…

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