In a 25 minute interview this morning on 670-KBOI in Boise, IEA President Penni Cyr talked about a number of education-related issues impacting the current legislative session. In her in-studio appearance with hosts Paul J. Schneider and Chris Walton, Cyr weighed in on Governor Otter’s budget proposal, which did not include a salary increase for the education professionals who have been severely impacted by the recent recession. Cyr also talked about the need for a restoration of $82 million in operational funding that was cut during the downturn, the increase in student and teacher expectations from the Idaho Core Standards, and the link between education funding and Idaho’s low paying jobs.
Topics of discussion included:
- Education funding currently being considered by the legislature
- Idaho teachers going to other states for better salaries or leaving the profession entirely
- Recommendations of the Governor’s Task Force on Excellence in Education
- Idaho Core Standards
- The link between Idaho’s tepid business climate and funding for public education
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