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Education appropriation bill has some issues

By Mitch Coffman
March 26, 2013
House Bill 323, the FY 2014 appropriation for education, has ideas in it that IFF supports, such as technology in the classroom and pay for performance. However, the way in which the money is going to be appropriated is concerning to the Idaho Freedom Foundation. Executive director Wayne Hoffman sent a letter to senators outlining […]
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Here's to a happy New Year

By Wayne Hoffman
January 1, 2013
Here’s to a happy New Year. Maybe that’s easy for me to say; I’m not among the people who thought the world was coming to an end on Dec 21. If you’re surprised to still be here, or that mankind still inhabits a spinning little blue ball in space, maybe your outlook on life isn’t […]
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Education reform discussion must continue

By Wayne Hoffman
December 8, 2012
I have a few questions to pose to you: What if we could have, here in Idaho, an education system where a student who was excelling could move ahead onto the next lesson or the next class? What if underperforming students could have more time with their teachers so that they could catch up with […]
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Digital Learning allows every student the opportunity to flourish

By Mitch Coffman
October 17, 2012
What if technology could be used to improve the classroom experience of all Idaho students, whether they are advanced or behind? And what if that same technology could be used to make things better for Idaho teachers as well? How could that happen? We invite you to watch this short video, "Ollie and the Train," which shows how technology […]
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Unions fight to protect their own interests against Prop 1

By Wayne Hoffman
October 7, 2012
I have read just about every school labor union agreement in the state and have yet to find a single one that was written to protect the interests of children, their safety and the availability of classroom supplies. I point this out simply because the labor unions have released a new ad in opposition to […]
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Teachers' union resorts to Luddism to battle Luna

By Wayne Hoffman
September 21, 2012
The education labor union has reached a new milestone in lowness, attempting to turn Idaho voters into Luddites and depict kids as klutzes in order to satisfy a selfish agenda. Witness its first ad against Propositions 1, 2 and 3. Says the ad: “Prop 3 replaces teachers with computers by requiring that taxpayers fund laptops […]
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Education spending in Idaho nothing close to 'worst'

By Wayne Hoffman
July 16, 2012
Earlier this month a story, which was transmitted throughout the state, incorrectly characterized the status of school funding in Idaho. The report, originally from Spokesman-Review writer Betsy Russell, contained these exact words: “Idaho ranks second-worst in the nation for the amount of money it spends per pupil, the U.S. Census Bureau said.” As my friend […]
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Executive director responds to ObamaCare ruling

By Mitch Coffman
June 29, 2012
I know today is a difficult day for many of us. The very idea that the U.S. Supreme Court would say that the individual health insurance mandate is constitutional is stunning, to say the least. I want you to know that we are not done fighting. In fact, we’re just getting warmed up. The health […]
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Attention turns to Idaho for education reform

By Wayne Hoffman
June 12, 2012
The failed multimillion dollar campaign to boot Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker from office is on its way to Idaho. We don’t know what form it will take, but you can imagine that some of the messages tried in Wisconsin will also be attempted here, all in an effort to return Idaho’s education system to a […]
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College insurance mandate is also wrong

By Wayne Hoffman
May 7, 2012
Larry Grant makes a point in his column last week that should not go ignored: Grant, the chairman of the Idaho Democrats, noted that the State Board of Education voted last month to continue enforcing its mandate that full-time Idaho college students purchase insurance. Grant thinks he’s exposed an example of hypocrisy — with state […]
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Good teaching, happy lives, and Students Come First.

By Mitch Coffman
April 13, 2012
Like winning was for Vince Lombardi, it turns out that great teaching isn’t the most important thing—it’s the only thing. This was made crystal-clear recently in a Harvard University study quantifying how important good teaching is to society. In Idaho and everywhere else we need to ask ourselves: What are we doing to ensure our […]
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School levies: why pay more? *UPDATED*

By Mitch Coffman
March 10, 2012
Why do school districts ask for more money when there's no proof more money means better schools?
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