Sherri Wood, president of the Idaho Education Association, received the new education bills that were introduced this morning by fax while attending a conference in Seattle, and immediately went into a conference call to examine them. “I’m outraged - angry,” she said. “When the educators of the state of Idaho see this language, that’s what they’ll be as well.”
“Basically it’s an attack on collective bargaining and negotiations that have been in place since 1971. It says every contract will end at the end of the school year and you have to start all over again. That’s just an attack on educators, and has nothing, absolutely nothing to do with budget cuts,” Wood said. “This is mean-spirited and it’s wrong, and it doesn’t need to happen.”
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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