Be an Informed Voter!!
The Coeur d’Alene School District is asking the voters for $80 million over the next 10 years for a variety of projects. Please use these facts as a basis for your vote next Tuesday:
- The vote is scheduled about 10 weeks before the general election in November. The district could have had the vote in conjunction with the general election. This will cost the County a minimum of $60,000 to hold this vote that was designed to avoid having many of the electorate voting on the issue.
- The District has mismanaged the Covid “pandemic” with Zoom calls, mask mandates and lost classroom time. In addition the emphasis on CRT, equity training along with transgender madness has caused parents to pull their kids out of the district. Even though our County has had tremendous growth the District had 10,258 students in 2006-07 they only had 10,242 this last year. The district lost nearly 10% of their students in 2020-21!
- Charter schools increased enrollment by 50% in less than five years. New schools are popping up even as we look around the County. Christ du Coeur, a traditional, classical Catholic school will open this fall. Hillsdale College’s Barney Program will open a traditional, classical school also in the fall of 2023 between Post Falls and Coeur d’Alene. The two best schools in the state for SAT scores were Coeur d’Alene Charter (#1) with an average of 1295 and North Idaho Stem (#2) in Rathdrum was close behind at 1224. Most government schools, including CDA are still recovering from much lower test scores. Where would you send your child for an education other than homeschooling?
- For the record, you can look up expenditure per pupil from the State of Idaho for government schools and charter schools. What you will find is most Charters spend more than a $1,000 less than the so-called “public schools” per student. The State of Idaho supports charter schools but insists that the admission to charters is on a lottery basis. Charter schools do not get to “cherry pick” their students.
Competition works very well in the private sector and education is no different. The parents are getting ready for another school year and many have already voted with their feet. The voters need to exercise their right at the ballot box on August 30th. My wife and I will vote NO on this issue of $80 million. You need to search the facts and make up your own mind but don’t be fooled by the arguments that this “is an investment in educating the kids” or if you don’t vote YES you “hate children, are ignorant and probably are a stupid Idaho redneck.” The IFF has created a web site that allows you to look up important statistics on each district in Idaho. Take a look, this will help as we face the proposition, promoted by leftists to raise more money for “education” and then let us hope the legislature next January passes true choice in education. The education lobby has controlled the outcome long enough. Vote Tuesday!
This Op-Ed was submitted by Bob Shillingstad. Op-Eds do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of those at the Idaho Dispatch.