Tag: Idaho

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So this happened in my town, at a different parish: http://www.idahostatesman.com/news/local/crime/article198567664.html Is there something with the generation of priests who entered the seminary before the sexual revolution and came out afterwards? More than is usual in the human condition, do they they justify bad sexual behavior by thinking the world owes them something for having […]

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Education Spending and Results: An Idaho Story

 

So does spending more per student improve outcomes in Idaho? In a word, no.

I have a graduate-level background in statistics. I was asked by a local conservative think tank to see whether increased spending on secondary education on Idaho has a meaningful effect on student outcomes. Idaho periodically administers its own ISAT achievement tests to elementary and secondary students. The 10th grade science test from 2014 was the latest set of results that I could obtain with a broad sampling of students with the longest exposure to public schooling. Public schools in Idaho also submit their annual budgetary information on a standardized set of accounts, 2013 was the latest available. I extracted the operating portion of districts’ budgets (educational and overhead expenses) and scaled that by the average daily attendance (ADA) in each district, showing how much was being spent per student.

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For the first time in decades, my vote might make a (minute) difference in a national election. I’m in Idaho, and our Republican primary is Tuesday. I’ve said several times, in comments here and elsewhere, that my touchstone for this election would be ‘Who can I trust to reduce the size and power of government?’ […]

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My family used to live smack dab in the middle of the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, the largest wilderness area in the lower 48 states. And the Feds hated us. It was surely mutual. They pulled out no stops in trying to get us to leave and sell. They would, illegally, arbitrarily close off access by road […]

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On God, “Fat Jack,” And the Governorship of Idaho

 

brownIdaho Governor Butch Otter — who, depending on your point of view, is either possessed of the most folksy name in American politics or the most homoerotic — is a canny guy. Facing a primary challenge from State Senator Russ Fulcher, Otter, seeking to minimize his challenger’s impact, agreed to a televised primary debate only if it included two other fringe candidates in the GOP primary. What resulted is likely to be the most viral vanity campaign since Jimmy “The Rent is Too Damn High” MacMillan.

Meet Harley Brown — biker, man of the people, and source of a 30-second delay for the debate broadcast because of his penchant for profanity. All of Brown’s answers are worth hearing, but if you’re short on time fast forward to his closing statement at 52:23. I won’t ruin it for you, but let’s put it this way: his reference to restraining orders from his ex-wife is probably the least unusual bit of the monologue. And if you come for Brown, you might as well stay for Walt Bayes, the candidate who follows him by connecting Chernobyl with the apocalypse.