Eye On Boise

Otter asks stakeholder group to look into why Props 1, 2 and 3 failed, what can be salvaged

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter said today that he's asked the State Board of Education to head up a 33-member stakeholder group to look at parts of the failed school reform referenda that should perhaps be salvaged. "I believe we're going to have in this legislative session a revisit of Props 1, 2, and 3 or parts and pieces thereof," Otter told the Associated Taxpayers of Idaho. "We lost. I'm not one that's going to go around and shoot the wounded. ... The rejection was pretty obvious. But I do believe that we will see ... parts and pieces of all those come back at us."

Otter said he's asking the group to look at "exactly why they failed where we think they should have passed, and where we failed in our construction efforts" in putting together the laws. "We will be providing that kind of information as well to the Legislature and to the leadership group, so it will be an ongoing process," Otter said, one that might not finish this year.

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