to the editor from this week's Chronicle:
To the Editor
I donít generally write letters to the editor. But I feel that this
is an important issue.
Two candidates are running for State Superintendent of Public Instruction
in Idaho: the incumbent Tom Luna is being challenged by Dr. Stan Olson.
Dr. Stan Olsonís professional educational experience began with a career
as a classroom teacher, then as a Superintendent of Schools in Natrona
County, Wyoming, from 1997-2002, and finally as Superintendent of Schools
in the Boise School District, from 2002-2010. Dr. Olson received his Bachelorís
degree in Education, from Central Michigan University, his Master of Arts
in Education, from Eastern Michigan University, and his Doctorate in Educational
Leadership, from Western Michigan University.
Tom Lunaís education experience includes being a former Nampa School
Board member and service as a senior advisor to the U. S. Secretary of
Education from 2003-2005. Tom Luna received an online degree
in Measurement Sciences in 2002 from Thomas Edison State College
Idahoís residents, our schools, our students, and our profession, as
educators, deserve a new direction. We need a leader who knows how schools
really work. We need someone who understands the daily challenges classroom
teachers and other professionals face and the importance of adequate resources
to help students receive a quality education. We need a leader who has
the courage to tell the truth to other powerful public leaders and to be
I feel that Dr. Stan Olson will be a powerful leader for education
for Idahoís students.
Letter to the Editor
Jim Rehder is the, "Education Commissioner" in Idaho County.
Rehder's smart budget sense and dedication to education have been nothing
short of extraordinary in making sure our schools are funded.
Commissioner Rehder's efforts to provide funding through the Secure
Rural Schools (SRS) (formerly Craig/Wyden) program has resulted in an increase
from $850,000 to $5.5 million in funds to Idaho County's public schools,
since he was first elected six years ago. These funds are the result
of Jim Rehder's commitment to recapturing our Federal and State tax dollars,
and bringing them back to Idaho County, where they are sorely needed.
His efforts allow us to have quality education for our school children,
low property taxes and manageable levies.
Next year the SRS comes up for renewal, and we need Jim Rehder leading
the charge for Idaho County! Join me in voting for Jim Rehder, November
I have known Jim since he was first elected to the commission because
of his attendance at meetings covering EMS and Fire Departments.
Jim has always been helpful to those organizations and supportive in their
efforts to obtain funding for their departments. I have found Jim
to be honest and forthright in everything he does. I recommend that
you again vote for him in November.
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