"I am not an advocate for frequent changes in laws and constitutions. But laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths discovered and manners and opinions change, with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also to keep pace with the times. We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy as civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors." - Thomas Jefferson (appears in the Jefferson Memorial)

First take: Teacher attitudes, prostitution law

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TEACHER ATTITUDES The Idaho Office of Performance Evaluations, which is run by the legislature, has completed a report on “Workforce Issues Affecting Public School Teachers.” It’s a topic highly relevant to legislators, but containing results not happily received among them, such as “a strong undercurrent of despair among teachers who seem to perceive a climate that disparages their efforts and belittles their contributions … [Most] “express concern or dissatisfaction with specific aspects of their work or, more broadly, with conditions surrounding the public education environment in Idaho.” Legislators have taken issue. Watch for blowback.

PROSTITUTION SHIFT A perspective piece in the Oregonian notes a significant change in the way Portland-area law enforcement is approaching prostitution: Increasingly, it is focusing on much longer jail and prison sentences for pimps, and direction of prostitutes toward health and social services, rather than behind bars. From the story: “J.R. Ujifusa, the Multnomah County deputy district attorney who prosecutes more pimps than anyone else in the state, doesn’t use the word “prostitutes,” but refers to “victims” or “women involved in prostitution.” The old approach wasn’t working.”

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