Jerry Evans: Idaho kids deserve better than Propositions 1, 2 and 3

Propositions 1, 2 and 3 — the Students Come First education laws — undermine school boards' control and will funnel money into the coffers of "unaccountable" for-profit online education vendors, says Jerry Evans, a Republican who spent 16 years as Idaho's superintendent of public instruction.

Evans was state superintendent from 1979 to 1995.

Here's an excerpt of Evans' guest opinion:

"These 'reforms' hold little promise of helping students attain higher academic performance, which ought to be the goal of any school improvement program. They are nothing more than efforts to reduce local control and divert the public’s attention away from a severely underfunded public school system with the notion that with less money and more technology we can have better outcomes."

And here's a link to the full guest opinion.

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The former superintendents comments

Indicate he was quite good at "going along with the Union in order to get along". The good old days were about 17 years ago when Mr Evans began collecting his generous pensions.

You should be so lucky

Buddy, you should count yourself blessed indeed if you are able to make one-half of the contribution to the world around you in your entire freakin' life that Jerry Evans made in just his time as State Superintendent of Schools. I have no idea what fuels your bitter resentment of his achievements, but it's really quite sad to watch you act it out here. Kind of pathetic, really.

Excuse him: Gramps left his teeth soaking in Polident again

Gramps, when you gonna stop being such a grumpy old man? That enlarged prostate bothering you again?

You've never contributed anything useful to this world and we are ALL so much better off for it.

Vote Yes on Props 1, 2 & 3!!!

Wayne8tr

Tea Party alert.

Gatz be right about Mr. Evans...sorry. He was good for Idaho.

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An Opinion Worth Reading

It's refreshing to read an opinion piece that focuses on student learning, instead of this anti-union sloganing being perpetrated by the Tea Party. Wayne Hoffman et al are trying to turn this whole thing into a union issue, and in the process of fighting that fight have forgot that this all about student achievement.

When hundreds of millions of dollars are taken from the classroom and sent elsewhere, student achievement will suffer. The Tea Party can hate the unions all they want, but let us stay focused on Idaho kids. Props 1,2,3 are not the answer. No, No, and No.

This thing whole

IS a union issue!

Exactly my point. The fight

Exactly my point. The fight against unions has clouded your vision.

Education Resources

Education Resources Information Center (ERIC) is the world's largest digital library of education literature.

If you use this source to research laptop technology in K-12 education, you will see the transition started in 1998, three years after Jerry Evans began collecting his state pension and enjoying afternoon naps. Laptop instruction on a 1:1 basis has been expanding rapidly ever since, yet opponents of Proposition 3 have the gall (or ignorance) to describe laptop technology as "unproven technology." Stodgy thinkers like Jerry Evans and the IEA make me weep for Idaho's children.

Did you ever use a 1998 laptop?

You didn't, because they were either clunky or cost more than a business desktop package!

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Couldn't afford one, F.O.,

Couldn't afford one, F.O., but I was taking some courses at UNR at the time and would estimate about a fourth of the student body owned one. They apparemtly didn't find them too clunky. When I was researching laptop programs in K-12 schools two years ago, I was amazed at how many public and private schools paid those prices. True, some of them got some help from Dell, Apple, and the Gates Foundation, but they still spent more money for a single school district than Idaho will for the entire state. The programs that most impressed me were launched between 1998 and 2005. Both the successful and unsuccessful programs stressed that teacher training, or lack thereof, was the key factor in their success or failure.

Thank you BTW for setting

Thank you BTW for setting the information straight. Why some people cannot grasp technology is here, has been here and benefits the teacher as a tool and the student as a learning device much the same as the old hard copy book. The old hard copy book is outdated when received. Why deprive or hamper our students from current information is beyond me. Just using one's imagination and forwarding thinking illustrates the advantages of technology in the classroom which is already displayed in many, many Idaho schools.

Ever been in a school?

Teachers and students in the classroom have been embracing technology much longer than this argument has been around.

This whole technology argument is so.....laptop era. Might as well be arguing for the inclusion of the CALCULATOR--oh my!

Nyssa had TRS-80s in 1978 or so. I was there!

Any earlier and somebody would've had to build kits.

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Calculator? I prefered the

slideruler over the calculator....the TI80 was just out and about $800. The slideruler you could calculate anything and keep in pocket. No-one stole a slideruler, and if you dropped it it never broke....

TRS80s were slow....the electronic typewriter better, except when buddy for a joke holds down the z key and a million zs gets typed in seconds and sounded like a tommy gun....

I don't even think it had a beep (ctrl G)!

Not until at least 16k and 'Dancing Demon'.
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Ever heard of screensaver

Ever heard of screensaver disease?