A new PAC called “Parents for Education Reform” has filed paperwork with the Idaho Secretary of State's office, and is running a new TV commercial in favor of Propositions 1, 2 and 3, the education reform referenda. Debbie Field, former drug czar for Gov. Butch Otter and his former campaign chief, is listed as the PAC's chairwoman; its treasurer is Cordell Chigbrow, who also served as treasurer for Otter's re-election campaign. The Idaho Secretary of State's office reported that the new PAC filed its paperwork on Sept. 21; Field couldn't immediately be reached for comment.
The main PAC that Otter and state schools Superintendent Tom Luna formed earlier to push the three measures, “Yes for Idaho Education,” said it had no involvement in the new TV commercial. “I appreciate the help,” said Ken Burgess, spokesman for Yes for Idaho Education. “There's lots of different groups out there trying to be helpful.”
A “yes” vote on the three propositions would uphold the three school reform laws that Luna and Otter pushed through the Legislature in 2011; a “no” vote would repeal them.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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