Something kind of odd just happened. Senate Education Chairman John Goedde has been calling up only those from outside the Treasure Valley, but the vast majority of those remaining to testify are from the Treasure Valley and are against the Luna reform plan. Goedde called up a teacher from Caldwell who had signed up to testify in favor of the plan. But when Travis Manning offered satirical testimony, citing such advantages as more student socialization in larger classes and students being able to download English papers online on their laptops, Goedde angrily cut him off. “You're not testifying in favor of this bill,” he told Manning. “There's pros and cons,” Manning replied. “I haven't heard a pro thing yet,” Goedde said.
Goedde has carefully kept the testimony evenly divided thus far between proponents and opponents of the plan, though opponents who signed up to testify outnumber supporters by 8 to 1.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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