The first question from the audience was for state schools Supt. Tom Luna, asking why he didn't unveil the reform plan until after he was re-elected in 2010. Luna's response: “I've ran on this platform three times and made it very, very clear about the changes,” he said. “I've tried to bring about the changes in previous legislation. We tried pay for performance before.” Luna said the ideas behind the reform plan have always been in his election promises.
The second question, for Rep. Brian Cronin, asked if voters reject Props 1, 2, and 3, what new legislation will be introduced. Cronin suggested re-examining middle schools, because “anyone who's been through middle school knows that it's a miserable experience,” more teacher mentoring, and higher-quality teacher prep programs. “There are any number of ideas that we could talk about,” he said. “The thing that's so troubling about all this is that we were never asked the question previously.”
Luna countered that opponents made no alternative proposals, making his plan the only one on the table.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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