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Documents shed some light on some State Board applicants

Newly appointed State Board of Education member David Hill of Boise pointed up his resume with federal energy labs — and his involvement in higher education issues in Idaho.

Meanwhile, fellow appointee Debbie Critchfield of Oakley touted her work with Cassia County public schools, and her GOP credentials.

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Hill and Critchfield were appointed Wednesday, filling two vacancies on the eight-member State Board. Application materials released by Gov. Butch Otter’s office shed additional light on the appointees, and some of the other applicants for the posts.

Idaho Education News requested the application materials, under the Idaho Public Records Act. Otter’s office released 70 pages of application materials late Monday afternoon. The documents including paperwork from Hill and Critchfield and some — but not all — of the applicants for the two vacancies. Other applications have already been destroyed, an Otter aide said Tuesday.

For details, here’s a link to my story at Idaho Education News.

Kevin Richert is a reporter and blogger at Idaho Education News ( Kevin is a former Statesman editorial page editor, with 27 year's experience in Idaho journalism.

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