What the f***! Seriously...there should be an intelligence test for those running for public office...
I am kind of cracking up about the "kids being given reading guides telling them what parts to skip" part... do we not realize that those are the EXACT parts they will go to read first?!
As a researcher, I can tell you that I personally have reviewed several math remediation programs and that Apangea is the only program that comes close to offering the level of quality and real cognitive mathematical development I would expect and want for my own students. Tom Luna did not recommend this program, the Math Initiative experts at Boise State and out in Idaho schools did. I wouldn't give him this credit. Did Apangea contribute to his campaign, yes. Is there another math program that even comes close to Apangea-- no, not yet. It's good for Idaho students.
As for JKAF-- they support innovation and choice-- good for them. Those are good principles. The Foundation is not known for promoting status quo so I doubt they are sorry for their ad.
I am not in agreement with a lot that is in the Students First Bill. I think it's a joke, quite frankly, that we would MANDATE online learning for anyone. When do mandates usually work out anyway? One size fits all rarely does. This runs against the basic premise of what Tom ran on-- choice in education. The quality of online courses has not been shown to be above that of face to face. It's great for some kids in some situations and not so great for others. And laptops for every student-- what a joke- logistics 101 anyone?
As a former school board member, I would much prefer that the state pass the shortfall on to districts and allow them to figure out how to deal with it-- I don't appreciate Tom doing the thinking for us or for our patrons. It would be absolutely refreshing to have a superintendent who could use innovation and networking relationships to bring more money into ID for education instead of relying solely on federal and state dollars to do the job-- I think that is where we are right now-- we want more than we can afford without thinking outside of the box. We need to get others involved. Tom has not embodied this principle.
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