Jon Colson 
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Re: “Voters Poised to Decide School Levies in Districts Throughout Idaho

Better idea...
1. Cut the radical surplus of non-teaching positions. Why is it that the number of non-teaching positions per 100 students is almost 4 times higher than it was 25 years ago? It is ridiculous.
2. Combine small district offices which are close in proximity. Why do we need 15 separate school districts within a 25 mile radius of Twin Falls? Answer...we don't.

These two ideas alone would save the state of Idaho millions each year.

3. Take back our lands and use the money from those lands for education.

I will NEVER vote for a levy so long as we have resources that should be used and obscene mismanagement of funds in education.

I urge everyone else to reject these levies and demand that school funds are not mismanaged and resources not wasted.

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Posted by Jon Colson on 03/03/2014 at 11:03 PM

Re: “Atheists Want Jesus Statue Removed From Ski Mountain

There is no need to sell the land. There is a need for states to stand up for the Constitution.

The Constitution says:
Congress shall write no law with regards to the establishment of religion.... Has Congress written any law that put that statue there? No.
.....nor prohibiting the free exercise of.

So, Congress can pass no law prohibiting that statue...and federal courts, CONSTITUTIONALLY interpret federal law or cases between two or more states...not cases within one state.

It would be a violation of the first Amendment for the federal government to get involved.

Furthermore, the US Constitution does not prohibit states from any expression of religion that the people of that state sees fit. A state could, if the people saw fit and their STATE Constitution did not prohibit it...become a Christian, or Jewish or Buddhist state.

The Constitution deals with the federal government only with the establishment clause. It is VERY clear on that point.

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Posted by Jon Colson on 11/29/2012 at 9:52 PM

Re: “By the Numbers: How the Treasure Valley's School Districts Add Up

Tlelo...Well, what is not shown there is that there are approximately 400% the number of administrators/student than there were 20 years ago. Every time we throw money at education, they hire another VP or counselor, or other high paid position. They build schools that are architectural marvels, and the next year's budget is based on what is spent this year, so they scramble to make sure that they spend every dime. No, there is A LOT of waste in our public schools and I will never vote for a bond until this busted and wasteful system is fixed.

Steve Bushi...I agree. Hooray for Meridian schools which have proven that you do not need a 15/1 student/teacher ratio and that you do not have to throw obscene amounts of money at public education in order to be competitive at the national level. With just under 1/2 of the money per student, Meridian schools do very nearly the same numbers as the nation average.

Meridian is a shining example of a district that does not waste nearly as much money as the national average or the smaller Boise school district. If other districts were as efficient as Meridian, perhaps we could spend the extra money on items that actually increase the numbers.

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Posted by Jon Colson on 08/28/2011 at 11:52 PM

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