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Education math scores drop
across the state as Idaho teachers, administrators, and coaches vacation to
Ireland and China on your tax dollars
(Mar 28, 2007)
Boise, ID – Ya-yesss,
girl friends, you heard that right. Idaho students can't add two + two
but their teachers and administrators and coaches know how to obtain
thousands of dollars of your tax money from the U.S. Agency for
International Development, the U.S. Dept of State, and the U.S. Dept of
Education to (1) finance a vacation -- oops, I mean a cultural exchange trip
-- to Ireland and (2) ride a 265 MPH bullet train in Shanghai, China.
in the footsteps of the annual state-financed vacation trips -- oops, I mean
"trade missions" -- by ex Gov Dirk Thornprick to Mexico, Japan, and
Shanghai's Xiang Ming High School, Boise's Borah High School is coughing up
your tax money to send eight teachers, the principal, and Borah's athletic
director to Shanghai, China. (Dang, I just spent five weeks in Europe
last summer and had to pay for my own trip.)
to the left Liberal Idaho Statesman who continually pushes for more and more
taxes to fund Idaho's public education joke, "teachers and others from
Meridian, Caldwell, Orofino, Wendell, Preston, and Wood River High Schools
returned last week from a weeklong trip to Ireland."
week, the Borah vacationers are off with their cameras and, at district
expense, shirts and jackets with the school district's name on them for
everybody on the trip to China. And who teaches all the kiddies
reading, writing, and apparently not much mathematics while the traveling
teachers are on vacation in Europe and China? Bingo, you guessed it.
District substitute teachers paid for by thousands of dollars of your
education tax money.
what a juicy deal for our highly underpaid (higher than the average white
collar professional in the nation), over-worked (3 months annual vacation
each summer), professional (now part of the AFL-CIO / NEA super union)
teachers of America.
Meanwhile, Gov Otter OKs $5 million to start a new Community College system
in Boise's Treasure Valley because (1) graduating high school students can't
add two + two to get into a 4-year college and (2) Idaho needs to blow
hundreds of millions of dollars to produce Community College graduates for
employers such as Micron who just froze all hiring at its North American
facilities after opening a new $250 million facility and hiring 2,000 new
employees in China -- all this after ex Gov Kempthorne and the Idaho
legislature granted Micron a huge property tax exemption in 2005 to build a
billion dollar mystery plant in Boise, which they didn't and have no plans
next? I think the Idaho taxpayers should pay for the Amalgamated
Toilet Flushers Union to go on a "trade mission" and "cultural exchange"
trip to check on the Seaweed Snatchers of the Sahara Desert and take
pictures of the Crater Dwellers on the Moon, don't you? -- FM Duck
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