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Page 12 Wednesday, October 10, 2012 The Adams County Record Cambridge The Macbooks have landed! Principal Notes y Angle Lakey-Carnpbeff The iPad project is and2. beginning to come to Congratulations go fruition! In order to out to head track coach load applications onto Marcy Hansen! Coach the iPads, the project Hansen was selected as includes a Macbook the 1A North Boys' Track for each teacher. The Coach of the Year for last Macbooks arrived on year's season. She will Monday of this week. be receiving her award We are in the process of at the Third District scheduling professional Coaches' Association development for the Spring Banquet held teachers, which will take later this month. place on November 1 The first quarter grading period will end Thursday, October 18. Teachers will be available to assist students from 8:00 until noon on Friday of this week. If your child needs to correct or is missing work, please encourage him or her to attend school on Friday! Activities this week include volleyball in Horseshoe Bend on Thursday, beginning at 6:00. Our football team will travel to Cascade on Friday. The varsity game is scheduled to begin at 3:30 with a JV quarter to follow. As mentioned last week, the JV Long Pin Conference volleyball tournament will be this Saturday at Cambridge High School beginning at 10:00. Tri-Valley's team is scheduled to play the second match of the day. Our junior high football and volleyball teams will travel to Cascade on Thursday and to Salmon River on Saturday. Thursday's games begin at 4:00. Saturday's football games will begin at 10:00, and volleyball will b.egin at noon. The district volleyball tournament is scheduled to begin Tuesday, October 16. Tri-Valley's game time will depend upon the outcome of Thursday's match in Horseshoe Bend. The tournament is scheduled to be played in McCall. Please call the high school office or check our website for further information. The calendar will be updated as information becomes available. Editor's Notebook How will you vote on Propositions 1, 2 37 If you listen to I AiIL vote. some people, the  This situation got decision as to underway when how to vote on Idaho got a waver Propositions 1,2 from the federal and 3 is a simple government to one. But you can develop its own bet when anyone tells you plan instead of going the issues are simple, they along with No Child are leaving Something Left Behind (NCLB). out of the equation. Each NCLB still exists., but the proposition contains Federal government is a number of complex being more lenient with provisions. Text of participation, allowing the legislation behindstates to come up with Proposition 1 alone, their own plans. Idaho takes 12 pages of small State Superintendent print in the Idaho Voter's of Schools Tom Luna Pamphlet. People who adopted a strategy like one provision in a called "Students Come Proposition may well First" to take the place dislike another, but each of NCLB, The Luna plan proposition will pass or was more or less a pre- fail as a package, packaged strategy being When you look at pushed all over the U.S. your ballot, you may be by various companies confused if you don't study who want to sell digital the wording beforehand learning equipment and and understand which systems. Lobbyists for way you want to these companies, as well vote. Essentially, the as political organizations, propositions are three are spending millions of separate referendums dollars to promote such that will either affirm or legislation and elect overturn three pieces candidates who will of "Students Come First" support it. The whole legislation approved by issue has become a the Idaho legislature and political football. signed into law in 2011. Democrats tend to see q-he way they are written Students Come First as on the ballot is confusing, being, at minimum, a A "yes" vote approves of heavy-handed, top-down the existing legislation, policy, and at worst, part and a "no" vote means of a nation-wide push you want to strike down to privatize schools and the new laws. In this replace the public school article, "proponents" is system that has been used for those who built upon for the past advocate voting "yes" on couple hundred years. the propositions, and When the bills passed "opponents" refers to in the Idaho Legislature, those advocating a "no" Democrats unanimously voted against all three, but some key Republicans also voted no on all or some. This week's article will cover Proposition 1, and subsequent articles will cover Propositions 2 and 3. Proposition 1 The state attorney's summary statement: "Referendum to approve or reject legislation limiting negotiated agreements between teachers and local school boards and ending the practice of issuing renewable contracts: The referendum, as printed on the ballot, mentions that the existing law will: revise the annual written evaluation process for professional staff. phase out renewable individual contacts for teachers. teachers shall not be entitled to a formal review of decisions for not being reemployed.,. allow school boards to change the length of terms stated in current contracts and reduce the salaries of certificated staff with renewable contracts without due process proceedings. eliminate education support program for school districts experiencing enrollment decreases greater than one percent. (School districts that lose students would no longer get to hold on to 99 percent of the state funding that came with that student for another year.) eliminate teacher early retirement incentives (Proponents say paid retirement bonuses to teachers, cost $4 million a year.) eliminate provisions for fact finding in professional negotiations. The common sentiment about Prop 1 is that breaks the teacher's union and lessens the influence of teachers in general. Under Prop 1, agreements can be limited to one year in duration -- and contract negotiations can cover only salary and benefits. Unions must show they represent more than 50% of employees in order for collective bargaining to take place. Proponents of Prop 1 say, in the past, school boards and local unions" could cut longstanding contract deals that could be rolled into future contracts so that school boards were sometimes trapped with terms that had been bargained by school boards in a different era, and with different economic realities. Proponents say Prop 1 puts local school boards back in charge of their bargaining process. Opponents say it is a top- down infringement on the local bargaining process. A central opposition argument is that teachers know more about what is needed in classrooms than school boards do and should have a voice in issues such as class- size limits, curriculum, teaching materials, use of technology, the length of a school day, student safety protections, lesson- planning time, or funding for basic classroom supplies. Proponents of Prop 1 say that it ensures parents have input on teacher and principal job performance. Opponents admit the law says annual teacher evaluations Call for "input from parents and guardians;' but critics say this is only a very small aspect of Prop 1. Proponents of Proposition 1 say that it ensures all contract negotiations between the local district and teachers' union must happen in open, public meetings so teachers, parents and patrons from the local community can observe. Previously, these negotiations were conducted in private sessions. - Burial Services - Pre-phnning Options This proposition" ends tenure for future teachers. (Teachers with current tenure keep it.) Critics of tenure -- which in some cases can be earned in just two years -- say it's morphed into a tool to keep bad teachers from being fired. Proponents of Proposition 1 say that it eliminates the practice of firing the last teacher hired, even if that teacher was the best teacher in the district. One opposition group says that in the year since Proposition' 1 took effect, class sizes have gone up,, and the State Department: of Education reported that nearly twice as many Idaho teachers left the profession as in previous years. The best teachers choose employment in states where conditions are better. Next week: Proposition 2. - Cremation Services - Monuments 221 E. Court St. Weier, ID 83672 (208) 414-1234 www, Lienkaemper-Thomason.eom SADD News BY FRAN OGDEN - Saturday September 29, members of Council High School SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) cleaned 3 miles of highways for their monthly service project. Students who worked were Hailey Kilborn, JT Mahon, Courtney Stanford, Sarah Cook, Cory Allred, Cody Allred, Clay Allred, Kristin Kruegar, Katie McCall, and Chloe Vaughn. Parents who helped were Dawn Kilborn, Anita Cook, Sandy Mahon, Mona Allred, and Fran Ogden. The next meeting for the tee.n members of SADD and all of their parents will be Tuesday October 16 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM. Parents, if your child is planning to travel with - i. SADD during the summer of 2013, please plan to be there for further details. The students are plan- ning one anti-drug activity per month, one fun spirit activity for the school per month, and one service activity per month. Robin James Adams County Assessor