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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 12, 2011



Luna: End tenure for new teachers

State Supt. Tom Luna said his "second pillar" of reform also includes "focused, meaningful professional development and continuing education" for educators, along with more flexibility in hiring both for school districts and school principals, who would have veto power over hires at their school. He...

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Luna outlines pay-for-performance plan

Supt. Tom Luna has now started expanding on his "second pillar" of school reform, "great teachers and leaders." He cited a study showing that having a highly effective teacher and principal has a big impact on student achievement. "Why would we ever leave this to...

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Luna's three pillars...

Luna said the "three pillars" of his school-reform proposal are: The 21st century classroom, which he said is "not limited by walls, bell schedules, school calendars or geography;" "great teachers and leaders;" and "transparent accountability," to hold students accountable for the work they do and...

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TUESDAY, JAN. 11, 2011

Three pillars on the front of the Idaho State Capitol. State schools Supt. Tom Luna will give a presentation Wednesday to a joint meeting of the House and Senate education committees entitled, "The Three Pillars of Student-Centered Education." (Betsy Russell)

Luna to discuss 'three pillars'

When state Superintendent of Schools Tom Luna presents his education reform plan to a joint meeting of the House and Senate education committees tomorrow, his talk will be entitled, "The Three Pillars of Student-Centered Education," according to the agenda. The meeting starts at 8:30 in...

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Ethics session to touch on all three complaints

It turns out that the House Ethics Committee will, in fact, be considering Rep. Eric Anderson's ethics complaint against Rep. Phil Hart when it meets in executive session tomorrow, along with two citizen complaints the panel has received. The committee, at its last meeting, requested...

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Legislative Democrats, including, from left, Sen. Les Bock, D-Boise; Sen. Edgar Malepeai, D-Pocatello; and Rep. John Rusche, D-Lewiston; give their response to the governor's State of the State message at a Statehouse press conference on Tuesday. (Betsy Russell)

Dems respond to gov's State of State message 

The House and Senate minority caucuses held a press conference this morning to give their response to the governor's State of the State message and budget. "In the face of enormous challenges and widespread economic hardship, the governor and many legislators have no plans to...

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'We sharpen our swords on you' 

After Wayne Hammon, Gov. Butch Otter's budget chief, told JFAC that it's an honor to be the first presenter to the joint budget committee each year, JFAC Co-Chair Maxine Bell, R-Jerome, responded with a smile, "We sharpen our swords on you."

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MONDAY, JAN. 10, 2011

Megaloads opponents file appeal

Opponents of megaloads on U.S. Highway 12 in north-central Idaho have filed an appeal of the state hearing officer's findings and recommendation after a contested case hearing. The appeal, which you can read online here, contends that the hearing officer focused in his findings only...

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Carole and Dick Harwood in the Idaho House. Dick Harwood is in his sixth term; Carole Harwood is serving as a substitute for new Rep. Shannon McMillan, R-Kellogg. (Betsy Russell)

Harwoods: New House power couple 

The Idaho Legislature has a new power couple - Dick and Carole Harwood. Rep. Dick Harwood, R-St. Maries, is a sixth-term District 2 representative. Now his wife Carole is in the House chamber too, filling in for newly elected Rep. Shannon McMillan, R-Kellogg, whose husband...

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Gov. Butch Otter shakes hands with lawmakers as he leaves the House chamber after delivering his State of the State message to a joint session of the Legislature (Betsy Russell)

Speaker: 'Hope we are up to that challenge'

The governor has concluded his State of the State message, in which lawmakers interrupted him with applause more than a dozen times. House Speaker Lawerence Denney told Gov. Otter, "I'm sure that this is going to be a challenging session for us, and I hope...

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The governor's budget 

The governor's budget - the dollars and details behind the proposals he outlined today in his State of the State message - uses a variety of steps to cope with what had been expected to be a budget shortfall for fiscal year 2012 as of...

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Guv: Session is like a 'family council'

The governor just told lawmakers to "think of this legislative session as a family council - all Idahoans drawn up around the kitchen table to discuss how to make the best possible use of what we have." He said greater value must be placed on...

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