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Hearing: Task force recommendations a ‘package,’ not a ‘menu’ from which to choose…

Karen Echeverria of the Idaho School Boards Association testifies at a joint
Karen Echeverria of the Idaho School Boards Association testifies at a joint "listening hearing" on education issues at the Idaho Capitol on Monday afternoon (Betsy Russell)

Karen Echeverria, executive director of the Idaho School Boards Association, is making a statement on behalf of her group along with the Idaho Association of School Administrators and the Idaho Education Association, at this afternoon’s education “listening hearing.” “All three of our associations are in general agreement,” she told members of the House and Senate education committees. “Each of our associations had representatives on the task force. In every instance but one, our representatives unanimously supported the recommendations.”

“We support the recommendations as a package,” Echeverria said. “We know that transforming our system will require making significant changes. The list of 20 recommendations is not a menu from which to choose the things we like and ignore others.”

With turnout relatively light for this afternoon’s public hearing, Senate Education Chairman John Goedde, R-Coeur d’Alene, said he’ll relax the 3-minute limit on public comments.

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