The Senate Education Committee voted today to print the proposals that make up Superintendent Tom Luna’s campaign to overhaul education in Idaho. Those proposals will now be given bill numbers and – as he announced last week – committee chair Sen. John Goedde (R-Coeur d’Alene) will conduct hearings on these bills next week.
Just a reminder of the details on those:
Monday, February 7 – Mr. Luna will present his bills to the committee at 3 p.m., then there will be testimony from key education stakeholder groups including the IEA.
Tuesday, February 8, through Thursday, February 10 – The Senate Education Committee will hear public testimony on the Luna plan in the Capitol Auditorium. The meetings start at 3 p.m., but sign-up sheets for people wishing to testify will be posted outside the auditorium at 2 p.m. each day.
It’s been clear since the January 21 JFAC public hearing that parents and students as well as educators overwhelmingly oppose the Luna plan. That came into even sharper focus last night at meetings in Boise and Caldwell. Meanwhile, the list of community meetings continues to grow, with new ones added for Bear Lake, Emmett, Fruitland, Lewiston, McCall-Donnelly, Shelley, and more. Get the full list here.