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Aberdeen superintendent defends using public resources

Rep. Steven Thayn, R-Emmett, speaks to the House Education Committee promoting HB 493, a proposal for a pilot program on incentives for students who move through school more quickly, including scholarships for those who graduate at least a year early. His co-sponsor, Rep. Branden Durst, D-Boise, is seated next to him. The bipartisan pair said their plan is designed to improve education while saving the state money. (Betsy Russell)
Rep. Steven Thayn, R-Emmett, speaks to the House Education Committee promoting HB 493, a proposal for a pilot program on incentives for students who move through school more quickly, including scholarships for those who graduate at least a year early. His co-sponsor, Rep. Branden Durst, D-Boise, is seated next to him. The bipartisan pair said their plan is designed to improve education while saving the state money. (Betsy Russell)

Rep. Steven Thayn, R-Emmett, speaks to the House Education Committee

Superintendent Joel Wilson from the Aberdeen School District, located in south-central Idaho, is defending his use of a publicly-funded resource to lobby against legislation pending before the Legislature.

Earlier this week on its taxpayer-funded website, the district posted a warning to parents about House Bill 123, which would cut kindergarten funding by two-thirds.  While it is common for school districts to put up informational postings on education issues being mulled by Legislature, Aberdeen’s message to parents contains information that could be construed as lobbying.

“Superintendent Wilson does not support this plan,” the post says.  The district gives the names and telephone numbers of their state lawmakers and “urges parents who have concerns” to contact legislators. Dustin Hurst, Idaho Reporter  Read more.

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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.