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GENERAL
To represent district four and the state of Idaho to the best of my capabilities. This will require well thought, studied, reviewed and unbiased knowledge of issues, that my colleagues and I will face.  To explain the why, how, and steps toward the future in a way that the citizens can comprehend.
I take the word representative to heart.  Listen to the citizens feelings and goals to make the best  decisions for the state and district 4.  Based on that, use wisdom, action and motivation to make proper choices, and the best positive end result.


EDUCATION
When the education system, economy, environment, and elderly care are positive and moving forward consistently along with many other issues, the legislature and myself as part of the team will have accomplished what we set out to do.
Idaho educational system is one of the lowest in the nation, and I will work with other legislators to solve this problem.  Let’s give Idaho’s students the tools they need to catch up with the rest of the nation.  “Don’t Fail Idaho” is a great awareness campaign.  Now that we are aware of the needs, it is time to make this a reality.  Educations end product are the students.  It is our responsibility to fulfill the needs, structure, and financial capability for the students and the future of education in Idaho.
ECONOMY
Idaho’s wages are among the lowest in the nation.  As a result it is hard for a working family to make ends meet. We need to encourage start up companies and help existing companies to expand into Idaho.  Economic development incentives are paramount for the state and North Idaho.  The beauty, lifestyle and people of Idaho enables the opportunity for positive growth.

ELDERLY
My name is Pat Mitchell.  I am a lifelong resident of Kootenai County and a product of the Idaho Education System, from kindergarten to the University of Idaho.  I understand all the issues and would be blessed to work diligently as a representative from district 4.
I would invite a public discussion with the other primary candidate.  I can be contacted atmitchrep4@gmail.com or (208) 449-7797.
PATRICK P. MITCHELL


What do you hope to accomplish if elected?


To represent district four and the state of Idaho to the best of my capabilities. This will require well thought, studied, reviewed and unbiased knowledge of issues, that my colleagues and I will face.  To explain the why, how, and steps toward the future in a way that the citizens can comprehend.
I take the word representative to heart.  Listen to the citizens feelings and goals to make the best  decisions for the state and district 4.  Based on that, use wisdom, action and motivation to make proper choices, and the best positive end result.
When the education system, economy, environment, and elderly care are positive and moving forward consistently along with many other issues, the legislature and myself as part of the team will have accomplished what we set out to do.


2016 IEA-PACE LEGISLATIVE CANDIDATE QUESTIONS:


1. HOW DO YOU DEFINE STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT AND HOW WOULD YOU MEASURE IT?


Student achievement would be shown by state and national test to see where the student is excelling and lacking.  The major point is not the tests themselves but by the feedback that is given to the student by the teachers, faculty and especially the parents or guardian.  Give the student positive feedback and help.  The major accomplishment should be a student who wants to learn, not forced to learn for others.
2. WHAT SPECIFIC LEGISLATION WOULD YOU PROPOSE TO ATTRACT NEW TEACHERS AND IMPROVE THE RETENTION OF ALL TEACHERS IN THE PROFESSION (MENTORS, PEER ASSISTANCE, PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT, NEW TEACHER  INDUCTION PROGRAMS, ANNUAL PAY INCREASE,RESIDENCY FOR NEW TEACHERS ETC.)
I would propose all of them for different reasons.  The annual pay increase by human nature well most likely be the one looked at first. We all need to make ends meet, the yearly increase gives incentive to stay, and be rewarded.
New teacher induction, peer assistance, and mentors will help everyone old and new.
This will create a smooth transition for the new teachers to see how the  system works and bring in new ideas.  It gives everyone the chance to know and trust each other so they can achieve a common goal.
Professional development give someone a chance to challenge themselves with the help of others.  With all this in place teachers will want to stay and new ones to join.


3. MANY OF THE GOVERNORS TASK FORCE RECOMMENDATIONS ARE WELL ON THEIR WAY TO BEING FULLY IMPLEMENTED.  AS A LEGISLATURE, WHAT ADDITIONAL IDEAS DO YOU HAVE TO IMPROVE IDAHO’S PUBLIC EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM?


Additional funding, education, and incentives for education support professionals.  This 40% of the IEA is a big part of the whole system.  With the responsibility they are hired to perform and being a hidden liaison between the students and the faculty/administration.


Additional alcohol, drug awareness seminars once or twice a year.  Bring in juvenile/adult drug court counselors to speak from a third party aspect.  Along with law enforcement, Judges, recovered addicts to get a whole spectrum of the problem.


More required physical education for those that can.  If they are limited let them browse the library of due crafts.


One day a month no texts.  This might be close to abuse, but have the students find their friends and do a little one on one.




4. HOW WOULD YOU DEFINE ADEQUATE STUDENT FUNDING?  WILL YOU REJECT EFFORTS TO SIPHON PUBLIC SCHOOLS?  (THESE EFFORTS COULD INCLUDE TUITION, TAX CREDITS, VOUCHERS,INCOME TAX CREDITS, OR OTHER DIRECT OR INDIRECT MECHANISMS TO CHANNEL PUBLIC FUNDS TO PRIVATE, PUBLIC, PAROCHIAL, OR HOME SCHOOL.
I would define adequate student funding as equal funding to all students in the public system.
Public funds to private, parochial, or home schooling is not proper in my opinion.  If the parents, and students choose to go private they will need to pay for it themselves.  I believe a member of the IEA board said “the public school system is the backbone of this country and the only system of its kind in the world”, or close to that.  I agree with that.  A graduate from one of our state universities is just as qualified and prepared than an ivy league graduate, and doesn’t have to work for 20 years to pay off student loans.  
5. WHAT IS YOUR POSITION REGARDING THE RIGHT OF ALL EDUCATION EMPLOYEES TO NEGOTIATE WITH EMPLOYERS THEIR TEACHING CONDITIONS AND COMPENSATION?
This is the United States of America.  They have every right in the world.
6. DESCRIBE WHAT A FAIR DISMISSAL PROCESS WOULD LOOK LIKE?
A verbal warning from the teacher, explaining why and the next will be a written warning with copies going to administration, counselor, and parents/guardian with a mandatory meeting with all parties involved.  After that, in front of a disciplinary council with arguments from both sides before rendering a decision.
7. WHAT ARE THE MOST PRESSING ISSUES FACING EDUCATION IN YOUR LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT?  WHAT WOULD YOU DO TO ADDRESS THEM?
Talking with mainly parents, a few teachers, and an administrator.  The one constant that was brought up was the need for better communications between all groups (students,parents, faculty).  Need for smaller class size, and more councilors was also a concern.  More physical education texts doesn't count, pro’s and con’s of core math, script, bullying, drug prevention, sex education and empty time for students who have to come early or stay late because of transportation issues, were also mentioned.


I would address this by assuring that we are aware it needs attention.  And one possible solution would be to hire more counselors as the budget allows.  And have one of their responsibilities be the go to person to open the communication lines mentioned.


Special needs students, and gifted students both need teachers in that specific field.  I would address that is a specific teacher, that we are always on the lookout for.

It is in situations like these and many others that the legislature seek the advice of the IEA, who have the knowledge and expertise we must use.




This will also make it apparent every so often what programs need more funding, and/or
Idaho educational system is one of the lowest in the nation, and I will work with other legislators to solve this problem.  Let’s give Idaho’s students the tools they need to catch up with the rest of the nation.  “Don’t Fail Idaho” is a great awareness campaign.  Now that we are aware of the needs, it is time to make this a reality.  Educations end product are the students.  It is our responsibility to fulfill the needs, structure, and financial capability for the students and the future of education in Idaho

ECONOMY

 

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