Candidate rebuttal: Bolicek explains opposition to Boise school levy

Brad Bolicek, a Boise Republican running for House in legislative District 18, is standing by his opposition to the school property tax levy approved by Boise voters in March.

In a rebuttal to Wednesday's Statesman endorsement in District 18, Bolicek wrote, "(The) editorial oversimplified and misled readers by stating I questioned whether or not the Boise School District had made any spending cuts prior to asking taxpayers for more money via the levy. My question, in fact, asked for examples of long-term and lasting 'policy, operational, and hiring changes that have saved a substantial amount of money.' Business experience has taught me that these are questions that must be continually addressed if we are to become more efficient."

Here's the full rebuttal:

I ask that voters read the Statesman Voter Guide comparing my views and the views of my opponent side by side. I make it a priority to research the issues and seek wise counsel from my constituents before establishing my positions. I am confident that my views best reflect the views of the good people from legislative District 18 and the people of Idaho.

Regarding the comments made by Statesman editorial writers in their “Our View” editorial:

On the topics of low tax burden and education reform, I was referred to as the Republican candidate who "echo(s) the conservative Statehouse party line on education and taxes." To that I simply say “thank you!” It is true that I agree with and believe in the conservative ideals that substantiate the Republican Party platform.

It was alluded that I was “uninformed” on the Boise school levy. Actually, I understand the situation quite well; my views just don’t align with the editorial writers. In my view, voters deserve the right to have information explaining how the district spends taxpayer money, and levy votes should be conducted on a common election date. My response to education operational and funding issues both in the oral interview and in the voter guide consists of researched facts, relevant concerns and deliberate solutions.

Finally, the “Our View” editorial oversimplified and misled readers by stating I questioned whether or not the Boise School District had made any spending cuts prior to asking taxpayers for more money via the levy. My question, in fact, asked for examples of long-term and lasting “policy, operational, and hiring changes that have saved a substantial amount of money.” Business experience has taught me that these are questions that must be continually addressed if we are to become more efficient.

I ask voters to visit my website (www.bradforhouse18.com), email me, and/or read the voter guide in this Sunday's paper (or online) to learn about me and what I stand for.

Get Twitter updates on my blog and column and Statesman editorials. Become a follower. You can also get updates on Facebook's Idaho Statesman Opinion Page.

simplistic nonsense

Where is it written that the only purpose of public education is "efficiency" Under this argument we should have class sizes of 200-300 students. Once again there is no believing that this candidate's "business" experience is useful in dealing with complex issues. The school district has issues but this boobish "private sector" experience deserves criticism.

Bolicek you are a pandering sorry individual

now please go away.

Follow the money......

My fellow Republicans are intent on defunding public education.

....or intent on serving the lobbyist who writes the biggest check to them rather than serving Idaho Citizens.

These guys had private sector experience:
Abramoff: "Fire up the jet baby, we're going to El Paso!!" Mike Scanlon: "I want all their MONEY!!!" Email interchange between Jack Abramoff and Mike Scanlon, February 6, 2002.

It is not a business

Dear Brad,
Public education is not a business. Spend time in a elementary school classroom and you will figure that out quickly. An efficieny is putting self check out lines in Walmart (which don't work very well and alienate customers.) An efficient way to run a classroom is to have parents and community members helping the teacher with students that need more attention.

You and your tea drinking ilk want to strip the valuable student-teacher contact time from our Idaho schools. Let me give you some news. Class size matters!!! Why do you think all of the charter and private schools in the Treasure Valley advertise their small class sizes.

The Idaho legislature and Austin Hill are on the wrong side of history when it comes to education. The voters of Boise spoke on May 13th--- 71% said that we need to adequately fund our public schools!