With the 2014 legislative session well underway the issues are important and the debate is very interesting. Again this year I am serving on the Senate Agriculture, Education and Transportation Committees.
The Senate Education Committee has been addressing higher school standards. They are the nationally recognized Common Core standards and the newly developed and untested SBAC test. I must admit that current school standards have not met the goal of preparing high school students for college. Too high of a percentage of graduated seniors attending their freshman year in college are required to take remedial Math and English courses at college tuition rates for knowledge that should have been attained in high school. Newer standards need to be elevated to better prepare students for college. Whether or not it is the Common Core standards is the debate. Common Core is new and Idaho's children need not be guinea pigs for those standards. Even more compelling are the arguments against the SBAC testing. Another unproven test that will also submit Idaho's children to the role of guinea pigs. There are proven tests already being used that can . . . Read more »
Senator Nonini received this email from a student that he assisted with a letter of recommendation. With Deeban's permission, we are posting it.
April 2, 2014
Dear Senator Bob Nonini,
I am Deeban Ramalingam, a senior at Centennial High School, writing this note to you. I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your kind Letter of Recommendation that has helped me get into the Universities of my dream.The admission results of all the U.S. Universities that I have … Read more
The following article was originally published in The Coeur d'Alene Press on March 15, 2014, by Dave Goins, Press Correspondent. It has been republished here with express permission from The Coeur d'Alene Press.
BOISE - Legislation which would provide nearly $1 million into North Idaho College's budget was introduced Thursday by three North Idaho lawmakers. Its chances for approval, however, remain unclear.
Sen. Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d'Alene, introduced a proposal in the House Revenue … Read more
The following article was originally published in The Coeur d'Alene Press on February 21, 2014, by Dave Goins, Press Correspondent. It has been republished here with express permission from The Coeur d'Alene Press.
BOISE - Sen. Bob Nonini on Wednesday promoted legislation that would enable the owners of 23 historic float homes on Hidden Lake to get low-interest state financing to connect their properties to the park's sewer system. … Read more
The Kootenai County Republican Central Committee held a Town Hall meeting on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at the Coeur d'Alene Public Library. Senator Nonini and Representative Mendive (District 3), Representative Kathy Sims (District 4), Senator Vick and Representative Barbieri (District 2) were in attendance. The event was well attended and lasted well over two hours with many questions and much discussion on current legislative issues.
Images from the Town Hall meeting: … Read more