Printed on: December 09, 2012

Looking back


Received Dec. 3

Now that a few weeks have passed since the election, we can look back and reflect on its outcome. Some weeks prior to the election, District 93's superintendent, Charles Shackett, and the school board, came out in support of Propositions 1, 2 and 3. On election night, Shackett was a guest on Local News 8's coverage of the elections. I am sure he expected all three propositions to pass with flying colors and he could bask in his glory. Of course they did not pass; for that I am grateful.

District 91 had enough common sense to not get involved, at least not publicly. I will never forget the sheepish look on Shackett's face the night of the election as the returns came in. He was speechless. Serves him right, and the school board also. Congratulations to the voters of Idaho who were not swayed by endless ads funded by Frank VanderSloot and his money. They falsely presented these propositions as a battle between the teachers union and the state of Idaho. It was never that. It was a battle to provide quality education for our kids, with the teachers on one side and the Boise politicians, Tom Luna, and District 93 administration on the other. Shame on Shackett and the school board of District 93 for sucking up to the Boise bureaucrats. If you have children in District 93, my sympathies to you. But all is not lost; maybe you can move to the other side of town. (Word count: 249)

Jerry Schneider

Idaho Falls