State of Idaho Archives: on Education


Butch Otter: No major school improvement measures, just progress

My highest priority remains public schools. You will find that my budget recommendation includes increased funding for K-12 education. However, I do NOT seek to simply revisit issues related to school improvement that were raised in the recent election. Instead, I've asked the State Board of Education to assemble a broad cross-section of stakeholders to study the message voters sent us and identify elements of school improvement on which there is broad agreement. I'm convinced that acting too quickly or without due deliberation will generate needless distraction from our goals of improving efficiency, effectiveness, transparency and accountability in our education system.

Let me say it again: I am neither calling for nor expecting major school improvement measures this year. But I believe there are areas in which we can make progress, and I encourage you and all citizens to engage in that public discussion. It's our very best chance to strengthen the foundation of our future.

Source: Idaho 2013 State of the State Address Jan 7, 2013

Rex Rammell: Department of Education is unconstitutional; eliminate it

Rammell, when asked if there are government programs that should be cut, said, “It would be easier to list the programs we should keep.” He claims the Department of Education is unconstitutional and should be eliminated.
Source: 2008 Idaho Senate Debate reported in Boise Weekly City Desk Oct 9, 2008

Jerry Brady: Support sustainable funding for public schools

    In order to prepare our children and to strengthen our state and our nation, we advance the following seven principles and support them with effective solutions:
  1. Every child deserves to learn and grow in an environment that provides safety and emotional support.
  2. Parents are their children’s best advocates and, as such, must be full partners in their educational decisions.
  3. Children learn best when their school environment is supportive of each child’s learning. The tools necessary for learning--whether labs, technology, or textbooks--must be available and up to date.
  4. Every child deserves a highly skilled and caring teacher.
  5. Return control to parents, [via] three regional parental advisory boards elected by local PTA and PTO members.
  6. Promotion of character development.
  7. Support sustainable funding for public schools.
Source: 2006 Gubernatorial campaign website, bradyforidaho.org Nov 7, 2006

Jerry Brady: Parents in concert with schools develop kids’ moral compass

Parents, working in concert with their locally elected trustees, must be empowered to shape the schools their children attend. Compassionate parenting is needed for our children to develop the strength of character and moral compass they need to thrive & prosper in a world that has turned from personal responsibility and respect for others to one where greed & violence often predominate. [I support] promotion of character development. We want our children to not only be smart, but good citizens as well.
Source: 2006 Gubernatorial campaign website, bradyforidaho.org Nov 7, 2006

Jerry Brady: Supports school prayer

Jerry Brady supports a moment of silence for prayer in schools.
Source: 2006 Gubernatorial campaign website, bradyforidaho.org Nov 7, 2006

Jerry Brady: Evaluate and reward teachers

We’d like to focus on evaluating teachers based on student performance. This is a tough one for teachers to swallow. Remember: In the good/bad teacher report, the good teachers worked under the same conditions as the poor teachers. And clear measurements of success can be and have been written. No, spending money alone won’t work. But if good teachers make so much of a difference, it only makes sense to reward them disproportionately.
Source: Idaho Falls Post-Register “Reward Good Teaching” Feb 1, 2002

Dirk Kempthorne: Reading Initiative: 90% of 3rd graders reading by 2004

Only 50 percent of Idaho children are reading at grade level by the third grade. This makes the Reading Initiative critical to Idaho. We know we are making progress because we have defined a benchmark, we’ve taken a measurement, we have outstanding teachers involved, and there’s a synergy out there. We know the mission. We should lay out further goals. We should all agree that one year from now, 60% will be reading at grade level. And the following year, 70%. And by the end of 2004, 90%.
Source: 2001 State of the State address to the Idaho legislature Jan 8, 2001

Dirk Kempthorne: Exit standards for high school via SAT-like exam

In 2005, we must and will have standards in place for our students. I have had high school students ask me: “do you believe that there should be exiting standards?” And I tell the students: “absolutely”.

And I’m going to suggest to you that we no longer use the term “exiting standards” with regard to these students. These are achievement standards. A model that I’m suggesting to the State Board of Education is similar to the SAT format, where a student who does not succeed on the first test will have the opportunity to study further and then take it again.

In fact, you may have three bites at the apple. And there’s no penalty if you take the test again. In fact, maybe you’ve already passed it, but you’d still like to take it again and improve on your scores. But our students are going to know what’s necessary for graduation, and they will have to pass the test to receive their diploma.

Source: 2001 State of the State address to the Idaho legislature Jan 8, 2001

Dirk Kempthorne: Supports charter schools and innovative classrooms

Read the list of the innovative grants we’ve awarded-and look at what the teachers of Idaho can do. They said that with a few dollars, we can do innovative things. And they did it in a classroom where we gave them an additional $500.

I support and I believe in charter schools. In essence, what we have created with this program in schools throughout the state are charter classrooms for $500 each. It worked [because] we encouraged innovation without a guaranteed result and without penalizing failure.

Source: 2001 State of the State address to the Idaho legislature Jan 8, 2001

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2012 Presidential contenders on Education:
  Democrats:
Pres.Barack Obama(IL)
V.P.Joe Biden(DE)

Republicans:
Gov.Mitt Romney(MA)
Rep.Paul Ryan(WI)
Third Parties:
Green: Dr.Jill Stein(MA)
Libertarian: Gov.Gary Johnson(NM)
Justice: Mayor Rocky Anderson(UT)
Constitution: Rep.Virgil Goode(VA)
Peace+Freedom: Roseanne Barr(HI)
Reform Party: André Barnett(NY)
AmericansElect: Gov.Buddy Roemer(LA)
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