We're about an hour into Day 4 of testimony on Superintendent Tom Luna's legislation to overhaul education in Idaho. Among its highlights: a visit from Jim Shackelford, former longtime Idaho Education Association executive director. He gave the Senate Education Committee a swift review of the 40-year history of collective bargaining in Idaho and suggested that, if Senate Bill 1068 passes, it won't take away teachers' needs for a voice in their professional lives. We'll have more on Jim's testimony tonight.
Committee Chairman John Goedde is allowing just two minutes per person for testimony today in an effort to hear most of the people present who want to speak. Linda Clark, Superintendent of Joint District 2 (Meridian-Boise-Eagle), used her time to say that while her board likes many aspects of the Luna plan including pay for performance, it has strong concerns about funding and class sizes.
Earlier today, we learned that Sen. Goedde is going to send the Luna bills back for more work. We'll have more on that later, too.
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