to the editor from this week's Chronicle:
To The Editor:
Thank you for supporting the Idaho County Recycling site in Cottonwood!
The Idaho County Web-site is back in service with LOTS of helpful information
about the recycling program, including answers to frequently asked questions.
Idaho County Recycling sells -- to Lewis-Clark Recyclers, Inc. [LCRI]
-- those recyclable materials we collect. It goes without saying
that we use LCRI’s standards for our collecting standards. Their
standards for recyclable grade materials are as follows:
Office wastepaper: Writing, typing, printer, and tablet paper
of various colors, coatings and adhesives. May include opened discarded
mail, old files, receipts, file folders, post-it notes, outdated forms
or records, journals, tab-card stock, maps, engineering and plot drawings,
packing paper, printed and colored poster paper. (Staples, tape,
windowed envelopes, standard paper clips and occasional rubber bands need
not be removed. Prohibitive Contaminates: Carbon paper, tissues,
paper towels, napkins, paper cups, metal binders, spiral bindings, large
amounts of rubber bands, and hard bound books. Hardbound books are
Old Cardboard Containers: Flattened corrugated boxes, craft paper
[grocery] bags, flattened cereal and food boxes, beverage cartons, flattened
cardboard tubes, and unbleached linerboard. ( Box staples and tape need
not be removed. Prohibitive Contaminates: Foil, plastic, waxed
and/or paint coated/covered materials and Styrofoam packing products.
Metal --Mixed Tin (Steel) and Aluminum Cans: Containers must
be limited to 1 gallon in size, open and empty with paper labels removed.
(Prohibitive Contaminates: Loose lids, aluminum or tin foils, aerosol
and other pressurized types of containers, and those used to contain paint,
hydrocarbons, fuel, pesticides and herbicides.)
Old Newspaper: Old newsprint, slick inserts, magazines, catalogs,
telephone directories, and paper-back books. (Prohibitive Contaminates:
Plastic bags, strapping, twine and cardboard box stock. Hardbound
books are recycled separately.)
Mixed Plastic Bottles: Rinsed plastic bottles and/or jugs numbered
1 through 7-- must be empty and have lids removed. Containers
natural opening must be smaller than the bottom of the container.
(Labels may remain attached. Prohibitive Contaminates:
Plastic containers larger than 1.5 gallons in size; metal handles or other
metal components; any container that was used to contain paint, thinners,
automotive products, hydrocarbons, fuel, pesticides or herbicides. No
plastic “clamshell” containers, Styrofoam, or trash.)
If you’d like a copy of this list for reference and clarity, please
call 962-5513 and leave your name and phone number or mailing address if
the machine answers.
WE LOVE OUR VOLUNTEERS!! We appreciate all constructive suggestions
for improvement. If you are interested in volunteering at the Cottonwood
site, please contact Kathleen Steinke at the above number.
(Submitted by Kathleen Steinke)
Since we adjourned last spring much has been said about the Idaho Core
Standards. As chairs of the Senate and House Education Committees, we are
strong advocates for staying the course and continuing to fully implement
the Idaho Core Standards for the following reasons. The Idaho Core Standards
are critical in making sure every child is prepared for success after high
First and foremost, the Idaho Core Standards raise the bar on what
our students learn in math and English. These Standards are higher than
Idaho’s previous standards. If a student masters these standards, we know
they will be prepared for college, community college, professional-technical
education, the workforce – or whatever career path they choose to pursue.
Idaho’s previous standards were not preparing our students for life
after high school. We have proof: While more than 80% of students were
performing at grade level in core subject areas in K-12 education, nearly
half of those same students would be required to take remedial courses
just three months later once they got to college or into the workforce.
As a result, it is not surprising that only one out of four of those
students ultimately ends up graduating with a certificate or degree. They
become frustrated with being forced to take remedial courses and often
This is unacceptable. As a state, we have to break this cycle and give
every child the opportunity to pursue a meaningful job and career. It has
to start in our K-12 public schools.
The Idaho Core Standards will help address this challenge. These Standards
move our education system away from rote learning and memorization to a
system where students learn concepts as well as how they can apply those
concepts in the real world.
They will master skills like the ability to analyze information, draw
conclusions, think critically, and express their thoughts in writing as
well as orally. These are all skills that employers need from employees
in the 21st Century workplace – no matter the employer or the job.
Some people have voiced concerns with the implementation of the Standards.
Let’s address those.
A few have said this state-led effort will lead to a national curriculum.
But Idaho law prevents this: Idaho Code 33-512 specifically outlines that
curriculum adoption is up to the locally elected school board. This is
how it was in the past under state academic standards, and this is how
it remains today. While the state adopts standards – or goals for what
each child should know and be able to do – the local school board determines
how teachers will help students meet these standards, through a locally
adopted curriculum or textbooks. If anyone wants to change it, they have
to go through the Legislature first.
In fact, under these new Standards, teachers and school administrators
say the new Idaho Core Standards give them more local control over how
to teach and what students will learn, not less. Lori Bargman, a 2nd Grade
teacher in Mountain Home, said, “Looking at the new Core Standards has
helped me to focus my teaching on specific skills and to better assess
my students’ progress.”
Some have claimed that the state should slow down because the Standards
were “rushed through.” Yet, Idaho is three years into a six-year process
of development and implementation. In 2009, Idaho Superintendent of Public
Instruction Tom Luna and other state school chiefs came together and created
a state-led effort to develop these Standards. The state voluntarily chose
to adopt them in 2011 after nearly a year of public comment and feedback.
Idaho’s schools have been preparing to implement the standards for the
past two years, and it will be another two years before the state administers
the first test measuring students against these new, higher standards.
Clearly, our adoption and implementation of the standards has been a phased-in,
Several parents have voiced concerns about the collection of data.
While these concerns are not related to the Standards in any way, we share
these concerns. Today, the state is not sharing any personally identifiable
data with the federal government. However, we want to make sure this does
not occur in the future. That’s why Senator Goedde is working on a bill
that would prohibit the State Department of Education from sharing individual
student data in the future. Superintendent Luna is fully supportive of
In the end, the Idaho Core Standards will give parents the peace of
mind they have been seeking for years: the comfort that when their child
walks across that stage and earns that high school diploma, it means they
are truly ready to go on.
For these reasons, the Idaho Core Standards have earned widespread
support, not just from us, but from every education, child advocacy and
business group in the state. Member organizations as diverse as the Idaho
Association of Commerce and Industry and the Idaho Education Association
have stepped forward to voice their support. The Governor’s Task Force
for Improving Education also offered its strong endorsement for the full
implementation of the Standards.
As the chairs of the House and Senate Education Committees, we urge
you to stay the course. We have raised our academic standards in Idaho
and increased expectations for every student to make sure they graduate
from high school prepared to be successful. Now is not the time to go backwards.
Senator John Goedde, R-Coeur d’Alene, is chair of the Senate Education
Committee and Representative Reed DeMordaunt, R-Eagle, is chair of the
House Education Committee.
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