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Posted: Tuesday, May 7, 2013 1:25 pm | Updated: 11:25 am, Wed May 8, 2013.

Leading up to election day May 21, cdapress.com will periodically post stories featuring contested local races. All of the candidate profiles were published in the May 7 Coeur d'Alene and Post Falls Press.

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BRENT REGAN

Birth date: July 4, 1958

Profession: Engineer, inventor

Educational background: Associate degree, electronics; San Mateo College, Calif.

Public service (elected or appointed offices): School board trustee

Community service (service clubs, nonprofit boards, etc.): Idaho Freedom Foundation board member; volunteer chief technical judge for 2010 FIRST Robotics Competition

How many years as a resident of your city: Kootenai County resident 14 years

Marital status: Married 27 years

Family: Three children

Hobbies: Instrument rated private pilot

COEUR d’ALENE — Brent Regan says he's seeking election to the Coeur d'Alene school board because he sees "a need to give back to the community."

"I have, my whole life, until now, been living the American dream. I've benefited from everything that's been available, and I've been successful. The key to that is education. So, when the opportunity arose, I took it," Regan said.

Regan was appointed to the Zone 1 trustee position last December, following the resignation of Jim Purtee. His election opponent, Christa Hazel, also sought the appointment.

The greatest challenges the district faces are strategic ones, Regan said.

"How do we transition into being an Information Age educational system? Right now we're stuck in the Industrial Age of education, and we need to make that transition?" he said.

That's a particularly challenging issue, he said, because at this time, it's unclear how to resolve it.

"I don't know that anybody really has that answer right now, but the most important part of solving a problem is recognizing that you have a problem."

The need for a "cultural change" in education is another significant challenge, Regan said.

"So that everyone is trying to achieve excellence; so we're not just managing...We want to challenge kids to reach for the stars, to dream big," Regan said.

That kind of change must come from the top, he said. It has to start at the board level, he said, "by having a board that's willing to grapple with the problems, and own them, and commit to fixing them."

"Then the administration gets on board, and pretty soon the teachers are on board, and the kids are on board," Regan said. "If you can start that, it's infectious. They say success breeds success, and it's true."

The way the Common Core standards are rolled out is another critical issue the board will continue to face, according to Regan. He said they are still gathering data, working to get past "a lot of opinions, speculation and assumptions" surrounding Common Core.

"I completely agree that we need to reach higher, aim higher. We just need to be sure that the Common Core is a floor and not a ceiling, that we can still go higher than the Common Core. These are questions that I'm still working on," Regan said.

Because issues surrounding curriculum have been prominent in local education issues, each candidate was asked what, in his or her opinion, is the trustee's role in the development of curriculum.

The trustees set policy, Regan said.

"The day-to-day curriculum is not the responsibility of the trustees. Curricula is something that, certainly having a lot of teachers working on it, is a lot better than having a few people working on it," he said. "That's something that as a trustee, I think it's my role to help facilitate that, but not work in the nuts and bolts in that. We need to make sure the experts get to do their jobs."

Regan has three children, now in their 20s. He said they attended public school briefly. Then he and his wife decided to home school them.

"If you have children in the school district, it gives a particular perspective, and two of our trustees do," Regan said. "If all the trustees had kids in the district, you'd have just that perspective. There are other perspectives, and I think those are important as well."

"If I had kids in a particular school, would I be biased to the advantage of those kids?"

Regan said that through his years in business in hiring people, creating jobs and reviewing resumes, he knows what marketable skills are, what a highly employable individual looks like. He said he would like to see all children in the school district have the same opportunities his own children had.

"When they go out into the world, they'll be seen as the people you want to hire and immediately recognizable as such," Regan said.

The five seats on the school board are now filled by self-proclaimed conservative Republicans. Three of those seats, including Regan's, were filled by appointment. Regan's political affiliation is printed on his campaign signs.

Each of the candidates was asked, how important is partisanship in the role of a school trustee?

Regan said the question of partisanship that's come up repeatedly during the trustee election campaign should really be: "Do you have a political agenda?"

"I'm still scratching my head over this one because I'm not sure how you bring a political agenda into education," he said.

He said he thinks those who claim the board has a political agenda "think in those terms," and he said he doesn't.

"When you're in the job, you're not representing Rs or Ds, you're representing taxpayers, and the children and the whole community," Regan said.

Regan said his experience in business, particularly dealing with large organizations with many employees, will be an asset to the board. He said he has large-scale budget and finance experience as well.

Right now, he said he works as a "problem solver" for businesses, and his skill in that area is already helping the school district.

Regan said he's the best choice for the trustee position because of his experience.

He said that dealing with the Common Core and the strategic challenges the district faces is going to "require some higher-level thinking."

"The thinking that's needed to solve the problem must necessarily be different than the thinking that created the problem," he said. "If we're going to turn that around, it's going to require some new thinking, and that's what I do. That is my experience."

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CHRISTA HAZEL

 

Birth date: Jan. 26, 1974

Public service (elected or appointed office): school board trustee; appointed to Coeur d’Alene School District Long Range Planning Committee.

Community service (service clubs, nonprofit boards, etc.): EXCEL Foundation board; active PTA member

Profession: Former vice president of a security company

Residency: 30 years in Coeur d’Alene

Marital status: married 13 years

Family: two children

Hobbies: cycling, photography

Educational background: law degree, University of Idaho

COEUR d’ALENE — Christa Hazel says she’s running for election to the Coeur d’Alene school board because “We need a better representation of our community on our school board.”

Hazel is challenging Brent Regan for the Zone 1 seat. Regan was appointed to the position in December and is seeking election also.

“The Common Core curriculum, right now, is the top issue, and I think our $3 million shortfall is our other greatest pressing issue,” Hazel said.

Another challenge, she said, is the current board’s lack of “responsiveness” to the public it serves.

“We live in one of the reddest states in the country, in one of the most conservative counties in the state. We have a very conservative school board, yet we have one of the most controversial school boards, we’ve ever seen,” Hazel said. “I think, what’s the problem? If we’re a conservative community and we have a conservative school board, what is really the issue? I believe the issue is a lack of transparency and a lack of response to citizens when they reach out to our school board to let them know there’s a concern.”

Many citizens who have spoken to the board feel, Hazel said, “like only a certain segment of our community is being adequately represented on our school board.”

Regarding the Common Core, Hazel said the current board is “asking the wrong question.”

“The do we or don’t we phase is long gone. The state is moving forward,” she said.

The trustees should be looking at whether the district is prepared to implement the new standards in the fall, Hazel said, adding that she’s troubled that the board’s discussions about the Common Core standards are taking place now, several years after the state adopted them.

Regarding the district’s financial troubles, Hazel points to a $3 million budget shortfall the district is grappling with right now due to the loss of one-time funds the district received several years ago under the federal stimulus plan.

She said they need to look at what those temporary funds covered, and those items should be the first to be cut.

“I realize that statement is probably impacting jobs, but the truth is, the money we used to have to fund positions and programs, we no longer have, and I haven’t had a clear picture from the school board meetings, as to what exactly ARRA (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act) funded, and is that what should be cut?” Hazel said. “Then you look at other areas. You look at every single line item. You don’t just pick and choose your line items.”

She said the board’s lack of responsiveness to the public could be resolved by instilling trust.

“When you make promises to the public or parents, you need to follow through. You need to keep your word with taxpayers and parents, and I’ve seen our district not do that, whether it’s promising a survey to parents, and not following through, or it’s making statements that we’ll be breaking ground in March, and not following through,” she said.

Hazel said that if elected, she would “go above and beyond” the requirements of the state’s open meeting laws, when it comes to providing notices and agendas of meetings.

“So if you’re having a sale of public property because it’s a non-performing asset, you go above and beyond the legal code, and you actually describe those pieces of property you’re thinking of selling, whether it’s the dog park or Person Field,” she said. “If just that notice had been provided we wouldn’t have had the confusion and the back-tracking we saw with Person Field.”

Hazel sees her status as the parent of two children attending Coeur d’Alene schools to be one of the greatest assets she brings to the board. She pointed to her experience on the district’s Long Range Planning Committee and working on levy and bond campaigns as other important qualifications.

Hazel said she spends time in the schools weekly, because she’s interested. She said she’s seen board decisions in action, in the classroom, giving her a unique perspective.

“It makes me wonder if our school board trustees have actually gone and observed, or talked to teachers about math flash cards, and how they’re working,” Hazel said.

Hazel said she also brings business experience to the board, as the former vice president of a national security firm where she oversaw contracts, budgets, insurance issues and dealt with legal issues.

Hazel said her legal background will also be an asset because she’s knowledgable about potential liabilities, and because being a trustee is policy-driven, she said she’ll be “able to keep up pace.”

Because issues surrounding curriculum have been prominent in local education issues, each candidate was asked what, in his or her opinion, is the trustee’s role in the development of curriculum.

“The trustees need to approve the curriculum. The trustees need to make sure that we’re doing the best we can do with what we have,” she said.

Hazel said she believes having kids in the public school system provides a candidate with, in addition to the parent’s perspective, that of the taxpayer and teacher.

“To at least have knowledge of that experience can help shape and form a viewpoint that quite frankly, I sometimes wonder if we have on our current zone seat,” Hazel said. “I hear the talk about teachers, but in my mind, our teachers are our neighbors, and our teachers are the people I entrust my children to nearly all day, almost every day.”

Each of the candidates was asked, how important is partisanship in the role of a school trustee?

“It’s important that there’s not partisanship in the role of a trustee,” Hazel said. “I believe education should not be politicized the way it has been locally, and this is coming from someone with a conservative and somewhat politically active background.”

She said she’s the best candidate for the job because her “sole focus is on education.”

“I have the concern as a taxpayer that we provide a topnotch education to our students, at the best cost-efficiency we can,” Hazel said. “And as a parent, I want to know that we are providing the best education for our kids so they’re college and workforce ready.”

  • Discuss

Welcome to the discussion.

43 comments:

  • AnnoTater posted at 12:28 am on Tue, May 14, 2013.

    AnnoTater Posts: 173

    I teach, am I not a teacher? I innovate, am I and innovator? I invent, am I an inventor? I engineer, does that mean I am not an engineer?

     
  • AnnoTater posted at 12:22 am on Tue, May 14, 2013.

    AnnoTater Posts: 173

    He should be in oregon or washington, he doesn't represent the heart and soul of North Idaho... A last bastion of traditional American values. One of the reasons that make this the place people choose to move here from the progressive states.

     
  • AnnoTater posted at 11:02 pm on Mon, May 13, 2013.

    AnnoTater Posts: 173

    well said

     
  • AnnoTater posted at 11:01 pm on Mon, May 13, 2013.

    AnnoTater Posts: 173

    Do you really think a local school board member needs to have working knowledge of the education system in order to contribute to the oversight of the district? Make that excludes a WHOLE bunch of past and future board members. I guess we should leave "politics" to the politicians, the heck with citizen politicians and citizen oversight. Let's let the insiders run the system with all their own checks and balances, certainly we commoners have not business with our noses in the system, it's above our pay grade. I went to school here and I can tell you that the quality of education has been on a down hill slide for decades. Clearly, the staus quo is not working. I'm not good with educators and their unions running our schools. We need business minds over seeing the district with input from BOTH parents and teachers.

     
  • AnnoTater posted at 10:54 pm on Mon, May 13, 2013.

    AnnoTater Posts: 173

    What to engineers do? They engineer things...Engineers develop new technological solutions. yeah, I think they do. During the engineering design process, the responsibilities of the engineer may include defining problems, conducting and narrowing research, analyzing criteria, finding and analyzing solutions, and making decisions. Much of an engineer's time is spent on researching, locating, applying, and transferring information.
    Engineers must weigh different design choices on their merits and choose the solution that best matches the requirements. Their crucial and unique task is to identify, understand, and interpret the constraints on a design in order to produce a successful result. Yeah, that is what an engineer does. http://www.regandesigns.com/index.htm Sounds like an excellent resume for over seeing the education of our kids and improving our system with innovative, sound ideas. Brent Regan..... we are fortunate to have such a qualitycandidate in our community, willing to serve.

     
  • AnnoTater posted at 10:45 pm on Mon, May 13, 2013.

    AnnoTater Posts: 173

    VoTech has been ignored for higher academia and we are the worse for it.

     
  • AnnoTater posted at 10:44 pm on Mon, May 13, 2013.

    AnnoTater Posts: 173

    Indeed!!

     
  • AnnoTater posted at 10:44 pm on Mon, May 13, 2013.

    AnnoTater Posts: 173

    GW's were not sealed and oh by the way.... he scored WAY better than the theology drop out AlGore.

     
  • AnnoTater posted at 10:43 pm on Mon, May 13, 2013.

    AnnoTater Posts: 173

    A lawyer that doesn't practice? That is one expensive shingle to stuff behind the musty ol'couch.

     
  • AnnoTater posted at 10:41 pm on Mon, May 13, 2013.

    AnnoTater Posts: 173

    Mr. Regan is an extraordinary candidate and we would be fortunate to have him remain as a board member.

     
  • AnnoTater posted at 10:38 pm on Mon, May 13, 2013.

    AnnoTater Posts: 173

    Because of these associations Mr Regan WILL be getting 4 votes from my family.

     
  • Thaddeus posted at 7:09 am on Fri, May 10, 2013.

    Thaddeus Posts: 232

    ........."plus Mary Souza is wicked awesome........."


    Beer Goggles.

     
  • Timeless posted at 8:54 pm on Wed, May 8, 2013.

    Timeless Posts: 477

    Curt Slade: ......Mary Souza is wicked awesome.... Hahahaha, do you know how funny that is?

     
  • Curt Slade posted at 4:40 pm on Wed, May 8, 2013.

    Curt Slade Posts: 57

    Boo hoo! The CDA city council has been a very expensive joke, including ze mayor and they SHOULD have been recalled plus Mary Souza is wicked awesome and she's smarter than all of you Christa Hazel voters put together. You typed "our votes". I assume you meant yours and your better half's but maybe you meat the Royal, "Our Votes"??? Don't know, don't care because Brent will win without them/it. Bless your heart!

     
  • Timeless posted at 4:13 pm on Wed, May 8, 2013.

    Timeless Posts: 477

    Brent Regan was a big supporter of the attempted recall of 4 fine City Council members, he is also buddies with Mary Souza.
    Because of these associations, he will not get our votes.

     
  • Humanist posted at 3:12 pm on Wed, May 8, 2013.

    Humanist Posts: 3004

    One of Mary's MO's here is that she'll NEVER respond to posts directed at her or in response to one of her own posts. She pretty much dumps and runs so I wouldn't hold your breath waiting for an answer from her.....

     
  • Curt Slade posted at 2:52 pm on Wed, May 8, 2013.

    Curt Slade Posts: 57

    I truly hope the unBalanced North Idaho folks spent loads of money purchasing these hyperlinks. It will serve them right when Regan wins the election handily.

     
  • Humanist posted at 12:25 pm on Wed, May 8, 2013.

    Humanist Posts: 3004

    Quote TomHamilton: "EDITOR - please explain the hyperlinks to a Political Action Committee throughout this article. I personally find that offensive and inappropriate."

    I don't think there is anything mysterious about it. It looks like Balance North Idaho paid for Political "HOT" Link Word/Phrases on the CdA Press web site. Anybody can do the same and they've offered this product for some time now.

    http://cdapresshost.com/rates/

     
  • thepointis posted at 12:21 pm on Wed, May 8, 2013.

    thepointis Posts: 98

    CDAPress.com needs to disclose the relationship between CDAPress.com and balanceni.com. Every hyperlink (underlined word) in this and most all other articles or letters to the editor regarding the school board race takes you to the Balance North Idaho website. WHY? HOW is it not misrepresenting a person's name by clicking on it and taking me to a website supporting their opponent? I click on "education" and it takes me to "Balance North Idaho"? Talk about misinformation! There's nothing "balanced" about that. Quit the blatant bias and misrepresentation by hyperlinking CDAPress!

    I see they are now scrubbing some of the hyperlinks but not all. The most offensive were those in letters to the editor supporting a candidate where the name of the candidate would link to the BNI site supporting their opponent. Unconscionable.

     
  • TomHamilton posted at 12:03 pm on Wed, May 8, 2013.

    TomHamilton Posts: 56

    EDITOR - please explain the hyperlinks to a Political Action Committee throughout this article. I personally find that offensive and inappropriate.

     
  • hayden_guy posted at 11:31 am on Wed, May 8, 2013.

    hayden_guy Posts: 399

    If you mean the SLDS P-20W, then yes. Those FERPA laws, the ones that protect every student's records from public view.

     
  • thepointis posted at 11:25 am on Wed, May 8, 2013.

    thepointis Posts: 98

    Oh you mean the FERPA laws that his administration "adjusted" in order to allow the coming cradle-to-grave tracking system called P-20W LSDS?

     
  • Curt Slade posted at 9:57 am on Wed, May 8, 2013.

    Curt Slade Posts: 57

    Why in the world am I redirected to the Balance North Idaho website when I click on Brent Regan's name in this article?!? Finding it hard to believe the CDA Press is the "The community's most trusted source of news." Think you folks better ditch that moniker. Yikes!

     
  • Humanist posted at 8:57 am on Wed, May 8, 2013.

    Humanist Posts: 3004

    While I agree that his inventor skills are admirable, I am also questioning the use of Mr. Regans title of "engineer". I also find it quite disingenuous of him to use that title. As pointed out previously, he does not have an engineering degree and has not taken and passed the PE exam so he cannot be a licensed engineer like those of us who have met all of those requirements. Some states actually prohibit the use of the title of "engineer" unless one meets all of the State Board requirements. It looks like Idaho is not one of them:

    "What titles can an engineer-in-training use and what titles can an engineer use?

    The Board has expressed opinions previously that use of the title "engineer" is not protected, but use of any title that implies that the person is licensed is protected. Obviously "professional engineer" is protected, as would be "licensed engineer" or "civil engineer" or any other discipline preceding "engineer" in a discipline used for licensing purposes. The Board has previously expressed an opinion that the title "Project Engineer" is not protected, but if a person is certified as an Engineer Intern, their title should reflect the same with those words or the acronym "E.I." In this case, the use of the title "Design Engineer" would likely not be a problem so long as it included "Engineer Intern". Like some other states, the title "Graduate Engineer" would not be a problem, but again, tell the whole story and include "E.I." so no one will be misled regarding your licensure status."
    http://www.ipels.idaho.gov/forms_pubs/IPELS_FAQ_092208.htm#15

    So when Regan says: "I've benefited from everything that's been available, and I've been successful. The key to that is education. So, when the opportunity arose, I took it," that apparently means "education" applies to everything except actually obtaining an engineering degree.

    Quote Mary Souza: "Creative thinking and higher level problem solving."

    I would prefer someone with CRITICAL thinking skills rather than creative thinking skills. Brent has demonstrated repeatedly, from his poorly chosen Obama joke to his stance on global climate change to his opinions on PYP, that he does not have the critical thinking skills that I would personally like in our school board.

    Christa Hazel definitely has my vote.

     
  • Thaddeus posted at 8:40 am on Wed, May 8, 2013.

    Thaddeus Posts: 232

    No she can't. She just repeats something she heard from a third party and states it as fact. Mary Souza is well known for that.

     
  • hayden_guy posted at 8:11 am on Wed, May 8, 2013.

    hayden_guy Posts: 399

    "Statewide, about 90 percent of California's community college students need remedial math and 75 percent need remedial English."
    http://www.pe.com/local-news/riverside-county/corona/corona-headlines-index/20110210-more-college-students-require-remedial-courses.ece

    Mary,
    Can you find the stats for U of I, BSU, Idaho high school students that leave the state? I would be real interested to know if those numbers are similar, or if students attending the local community college are lower.
    Thank you.

     
  • cdanative33 posted at 8:07 am on Wed, May 8, 2013.

    cdanative33 Posts: 357

    Can you provide the sources for those statistics?

    You've spoken before about how your children excelled while attending sd271 and went on to excel in college...shouldn't that speak positively for the schools? Does it speak negatively of you as a mother that you kept them in public schools that you believe to be so broken?

    Not an attack...just pointing out a few inconsistencies in your logic.

     
  • wilbur posted at 8:07 am on Wed, May 8, 2013.

    wilbur Posts: 142

    While I have no sticks in this fire, it's too bad that running for a school board election has become political...

     
  • Mary Souza posted at 7:26 am on Wed, May 8, 2013.

    Mary Souza Posts: 788

    Yes, COG777. Creative thinking and higher level problem solving. Aren't those attributes our teachers and parents say they are looking for in our school district? Brent Regan embodies those and much more. And the fact that he home schooled his kids after trying the public school system here, speaks more negatively of our schools than of Mr. Regan. He wanted more for his kids and was willing to put in the time and effort to educate them. Now Mr. Regan is offering his energies to help our District improve education for all our kids. But many people in the education community here are worried about someone shaking up the system; they have circled the wagons and don't want any outside thinkers.

    Currently, 50% of high school grads from our town who go to NIC within their first year out of high school need remedial Math, and close to 40% need remedial English / Reading before they can even start community college classes. I would say our District could use some improvement!

     
  • ancientemplar posted at 7:22 am on Wed, May 8, 2013.

    ancientemplar Posts: 1146

    ......and we don't need another person with a law degree in our lives..........

     
  • hayden_guy posted at 7:15 am on Wed, May 8, 2013.

    hayden_guy Posts: 399

    They have been sealed by FERPA laws. All college transcripts are protected under FERPA laws.

     
  • max power posted at 7:08 am on Wed, May 8, 2013.

    max power Posts: 559

    *** Brent Regan Is More Transparent With His Educational Background Than Comrade Obama ***

    Obama's college transcripts from Occidental College, Columbia University, and Harvard Law School are missing entirely or have been sealed by a cadre of attorneys? What's he hiding?

    "5 years ago I cudnt spel prezedent and now I r one"- Barack Obama

     
  • COG777 posted at 6:48 am on Wed, May 8, 2013.

    COG777 Posts: 338

    Brent Regan is a solution finder and problem solver. He will have my and my families vote. He listens and cares about the kids and parents concerns. He also knows how the school board works since he has been on the board. He studies issues and looks for solutions. Our educational system needs a person with these qualities to help resolve the issues that plague our schools.

     
  • lola123 posted at 6:29 am on Wed, May 8, 2013.

    lola123 Posts: 338

    Being an "inventor" without the education fulfillment of accredited "engineer " is certainly an admirable trait and worthy of respect. It does NOT make him qualified to make judgements concerning the governing of our local school district. Neither does his public actions ( we all know what I am referring to here).
    There is in old joke, "A year ago I cudnt even spell enginer and now I are one".

    Mr Gookin, what are you implying? That education is not important to our children? As usual you only point out the obvious not the underlying issue. You name 3 people (forgot Bill Gates by the way who dropped out of college) who were successful in life without an extended education background. What about the millions of people who have ben unsuccessful WITHOUT proper educations? Chances are overwhelming that you will NOT be successful without education. Naming a few people who were successful only adds false hope to a dark career path.

     
  • Dan Gookin posted at 10:56 pm on Tue, May 7, 2013.

    Dan Gookin Posts: 680

    Benjamin Franklin, quit school at age 10.
    Nikola Tesla, dropped out of university
    Thomas Edison, school drop-out

     
  • Wolfeyes posted at 9:12 pm on Tue, May 7, 2013.

    Wolfeyes Posts: 76

    Voxpop and Mary are both correct. Mr. Regan is accomplished, talented and a holder of patents. Some people are born with the ability to reason and create. Mr. Regan is one of them. Yet, Mr. Regan has also called himself an engineer on many occasions. Technically he is an inventor, not an educated or licensed engineer as most in the engineering fields we know of. Unfortunately for many of us that have heard him over the past year on various issues, we were led to believe that he had the education and credentials of most engineers. His lack of honesty up front by calling himself something he is not is called misrepresentation. Respect does not come from a resume, it comes from accomplishments and there is nothing wrong with calling one self an inventor.

     
  • cdanative33 posted at 8:55 pm on Tue, May 7, 2013.

    cdanative33 Posts: 357

    It hurts to say this, but I agree with Souza that success shouldn't be measured based on the highest degree attained. Regan is obviously very good at inventing things that people want and selling them...which is great. I applaud him for it. Honestly, I think he'd be a lot more palatable to most voters if he didn't find it so easy to applaud himself publicly for his personal accomplishments every chance that he gets.

    Bottom line is that Mr. Regan is very publicly aligned with some very staunchly ideological conservative groups that make most average, pragmatic parents question his overall motives for wanting to be on the board; especially considering that he homeschooled all of his children, and that's not just a jab. I have a real difficult time with someone who wouldn't allow his own children to go to public school being on a board that presides over the public schools...it's a valid concern for any parent. If your only vested interest in public schools is the tax dollars you have to pay into it, but you've never had any interest in the outcomes, then your priorities will obviously be skewed whether you're conscious of it or not. Furthermore, if you have no working knowledge, or a very limited working knowledge, of how the school system works on the ground level, whether as a parent of children in the district or an educator in the district, it is very arrogant and condescending to presume that you can improve it.

     
  • Mary Souza posted at 8:06 pm on Tue, May 7, 2013.

    Mary Souza Posts: 788

    Lola and Voxpop sound very worried! They are insinuating that Brent Regan is not a "real" engineer because he does not have enough college degrees after his name? They have obviously not seen Brent's incredible list of inventions and accomplishments. How about other people who don't have college degrees? Have you ever heard of Bill Gates and Paul Allen from Microsoft? How about Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak of Apple Computers? Or David Oreck of the vacuum cleaners, or JR Simplot of our Idaho potato fame, or Ted Turner of CNN or Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook? Are these people not accomplished and successful? We are so lucky that Brent Regan is willing to give his valuable time and energy--for free--to our School Board!

     
  • mister d posted at 7:56 pm on Tue, May 7, 2013.

    mister d Posts: 1531

    I am glad I get to vote for Eubanks but if I were in district 1 I would vote for Hazel . The current board has done little to instill the feeling of confidence in themselves and their political agenda is counter productive to the needs of our students. Isolationism is not good for our future generation.

     
  • lola123 posted at 6:58 pm on Tue, May 7, 2013.

    lola123 Posts: 338

    Voxpop is absolutely correct, and the parallel to Luna is spot on.
    This just adds to the non-credibility of this candidate. Oh yeah, and the fact that his black and scary statement in a public forum is at the very least, very poor judgement and certainly not the type of thinking anyone should want from someone dictating policy for the education of our children.

     
  • voxpop posted at 5:07 pm on Tue, May 7, 2013.

    voxpop Posts: 738

    Two of the best comments I've ever seen on the Cda Press.

    Brent - if you have an AAS you are NOT an engineer, plain and simple. Don't pretend anything different. You are a technician, if that. You're more like Luna who somehow thinks he's qualified to be a state superintendent of education with a degree from a diploma mill. If you want to be called an engineer then go back to school and get an actual engineering degree like the rest of us did.

     
  • imisscda posted at 4:03 pm on Tue, May 7, 2013.

    imisscda Posts: 72

    I'm glad I live in Tom Hearn's district.

     
  • 986crazy posted at 2:14 pm on Tue, May 7, 2013.

    986crazy Posts: 404

    Go Vandals.

     
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