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Top 10 stories of 2011

December 27, 2011

NO. 1 — Paul Ezra Rhoades executed

NO. 2 — Soldiers return after successful mission

NO. 3 — Flooding causes emergency declaration

NO. 4 — Several teams win state titles

NO. 5 — Community mourns death of Sarah Asmus

NO. 6 — People respond generously to fund relief for Japan

NO. 7 — State catches up on Spice ban

NO. 8 — Windmills Controversial in county

NO. 9 — BHS hazing cases end quietly

NO. 10 — Changes made in Blackfoot District

Why are legislators ignoring us on education reform?

March 28, 2011

By Bob Hudson
I keep telling myself I shouldn’t care. In a sense I don’t have a dog in this fight. My children are raised. My grandchildren attend schools in Utah and Washington,
but I pay taxes in Idaho. And I care what happens to our home in the future.
So, too, do Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter, Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna and all the members of the Idaho Legislature.
Included among those who care are the teachers and administrators in our public schools and the parents of the children in their charge.
But there’s a disconnect somewhere.

Idaho PTA opposes Senate Bill 1184

March 28, 2011

By Laurie Boeckel
Senate Bill 1184 erodes meaningful parental Involvement and local control.
PTA is the largest child advocacy group in the nation and represents thousands of members which include parents, grandparents, teachers, school board members, community advocates and Idaho students.
The future success of Idaho students depends on their receiving a “thorough education” that prepares them to contribute as adult citizens of Idaho and the United States.

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