Archive for February 1, 2013
On tonight’s “Idaho Reports” program on Idaho Public Television, host Greg Hahn talks with University of Idaho President Duane Nellis and Boise State University President Bob Kustra; there’ll be highlights from this morning’s listening hearing held by the House and Senate education committees; and pundits joining Greg will include Jim Weatherby, Kevin Richert, Melissa Davlin and Molly Messick to discuss the week’s developments in the Legislature and the evolving debate over possible repeal of the personal property tax on business equipment. There’ll also be another installment of the virtual tour of the Statehouse. (I’m not on the show this week, as I’m off to parents’ weekend at my son’s college.) The show airs at 8 p.m. tonight; it re-airs Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Mountain time, 9:30 Pacific; and plays on Boise State Public Radio on Sunday at 7 p.m. After it airs, you can watch it here online any time.
A pair of themes — charter school funding and proposed new limits on teachers unions — dominated a two-hour “listening session” where House and Senate Education Committee members Friday got an earful from the public, the AP reports. Of the roughly 200 people who attended the hearing in the Capitol's auditorium, many who spoke urged rejection of several pending bills seeking to give school boards more power when negotiating with teacher unions. On Nov. 6, voters dumped similar laws that were part of public schools chief Tom Luna's “Students Come First” overhaul. Click below for a full report from AP reporter John Miller.
The House and Senate Education committees are taking public testimony this morning, in a joint “listening session” in the Capitol Auditorium from 8-10:30 a.m. “The public is invited to speak … on matters pertaining to education,” according to the meeting agenda. Those speaking will be limited to three minutes apiece; they’re also being asked to provide a written copy of their statement. In addition, the committees will accept comments submitted by email; they can be sent to email@example.com.
House Education Chairman Reed DeMordaunt, R-Eagle, said, “We want to invite all citizens to attend and share their thoughts on how our education system can be improved.” The listening session also is being video streamed on Idaho Public TV’s “InSession” service; you can watch live here; just click on “Auditorium.”