Public Money Allowed For Bond Election

Full story: KBCI-TV Boise
The Boise School bond election is only days away and the push to get the facts out has the district spending public funds. Full Story
Michael Gollaher

Lewiston, ID

#1 Mar 11, 2006
Spending tax-payer money on thinly veiled pro-bond issues is clearly a blatant misuse of public funds. School administration officials should be above this, but of course, they are not. I have carefully read all the pamphlets Boise Schools must have spent over a thousand dollars to produce, and they are NOT the unbiased "fact sheets" they claim to be.

They are, in fact, filled with misleading information and, imho, a few outright lies. The claim of no tax increases, for instance, is blatantly false. An increase in the TIME we must repay a bond with tax money (with extra interest to boot) is just as much of a tax increase as an additional AMOUNT for a shorter time period.

I am voting "NO" on this mindless waste of my hard-earned income.

Post Falls, ID

#2 Mar 12, 2006
What can be done to stop them from spending our money on propaganda. It is out of control
Michael Gollaher

Lewiston, ID

#3 Mar 13, 2006
cjdavis wrote:
What can be done to stop them from spending our money on propaganda. It is out of control.
1. Vote out all local school board members as a matter of principle.

2. There are no specific laws in Idaho addressing this problem. We should demand the legislature pass specific laws making it a felony to spend public moneys regarding any matter put before the people for a vote. They claim they are merely "informaing" the public with their propaganda, so the law needs to be specific that NO public monies or resources will be spent PERIOD.

3. Continue to support all viable educational alternatives to weaken the public monopoly on schools such as home schooling, charter schools, vouchers (state oly, not federal) and so forth.

4. Ensure large voter turn-out during all bond and school board elections to counter special interest voting by calling friends, family, etc and remind them to vote. This is important because the school boards always schedule elections such that they can be assured of a low voter turn-out. They are attempting to ensure the only people that turn up to vote during these "off-season" elections are mostly teachers, school administrators, etceteras.

Towson, MD

#4 Sep 10, 2006
That's funny; I thought schools weren't legally permitted to get involved in politics. Or has that changed? Is that a state by state issue?

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