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"O ur local schools are dying. I don't know how else to put it. We can't keep teachers or attract new teachers - and I'm afraid that's getting down into our education system, where we can't attract college students to the profession. Nobody goes to college to get a degree where they qualify for public assistance."

Idaho state Sen. Jeff Siddoway, who chairs the Senate Local Government and Taxation Committee, on why he believes starting teachers' pay needs to be increased before any tax cuts are approved.
- Idaho Statesman (Lewiston Tribune)

On The Bookshelf
Barbara Theroux reviews S.M. Hulse's "Black River"


Mountain West Perspectives
Montana's two-year colleges revamp education to meet changing workplace demands


Mountain West Voices
Hear weekly stories from the Rocky Mountain West as gathered by Clay Scott

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