Hundreds Rally For Education Across Idaho

Hundreds rallied across Idaho Saturday, Sept. 28, in support of Idaho public education. Idaho Democratic Party Chairman Larry Kenck thanked everyone for participating:

I want to thank everyone in Idaho for coming together on the issue of education,” Kenck said. “Despite our differences, one thing that almost every Idahoan agrees with is that a high quality education system is the key to a strong, stable state economy, prosperous communities and opportunity for our children and our families.

A rally in Pocatello on Idaho State University campus drew two t.v. news crews, a newspaper reporter and honking horns from approving motorists. The weather might have been a bit dreary, but the day was not.

Nearly 100 people rallied on the College of Idaho campus where young democrats from C of I and Canyon County Democrats stirred up a crowd. Speakers included notables such as Rep. Shirley Ringo, who is running against a Tea Party Republican for the 1st Congressional District. She has spent a lifetime creating excellence in education and is working to do it from the federal level.

Blaine County Democrats rolled an education message into their annual Oktoberfest fundraiser at the picturesque Forest Service Park with snow-dusted ski slopes as a back drop. The band, Front Porch Flavor, played awesome music through the day. Visit their Facebook page and give them a big howdy and a big thanks.

Here’s the press release on the events:

Boise, Idaho—Hundreds of education supporters gathered across Idaho today from Pocatello to Coeur d’Alene. Their message was simple: Idaho needs a world-class public education system.

“I have traveled from one corner of the Idaho to the next throughout the summer and people everywhere are deeply concerned about Idaho’s public education system,” said Idaho Democratic Party Chairman Larry Kenck, of Post Falls. “People know that Idaho’s GOP leaders have failed to keep the promise of giving our children their best leg up into life with a good education system.”

The weather didn’t favor education supporters. In Pocatello, a frigid wind whipped the crowd as they rallied next to Idaho State University to earn honks of approval from passing traffic (speakers included former state Sen. Bert Marley and state Sen. Roy Lacey). Warm hearts at the Oktoberfest in Ketchum kept scattered showers from dowsing high spirits as a band played through the day, punctuated by speakers during breaks. Caldwell and Boise included lively speakers. Boise: former Supreme Court Justice Robert Huntley, 1st CD candidate Shirley Ringo, Rep. Janie Ward Engelking and Mike Lanza, president of Idaho Parents and Teachers Together. Caldwell: Shirley Ringo, former state Rep. Brian Cronin, Ismael Fernandez of the Idaho Young Democrats.

At this time, Lewiston’s rally is scheduled for later in the day. And, Kamiah likely fared well with an indoor public meeting on education at Kamiah Community Hall.

Rallies were organized by local Idaho Democratic parties and Idaho Young Democrats. Others, such as Latah County, will hold education-related events at a later date (UI Homecoming bumped an event previously planned for there).

“I want to thank everyone in Idaho for coming together on the issue of education,” Kenck said. “Despite our differences, one thing that almost every Idahoan agrees with is that a high quality education system is the key to a strong, stable state economy, prosperous communities and opportunity for our children and our families.”

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