All four candidates for state superintendent of schools faced off at a City Club of Boise debate today; Idaho Education News reporter Clark Corbin has a full report here. The candidates answered questions submitted by an audience of 200 at the hour-long forum that drew some distinctions: Melba schools Superintendent Andy Grover was the only one of the four to say he backed the failed Propositions 1, 2 and 3 school reform measures; teacher John Eynon of Cottonwood was sharply critical of the governor’s school improvement task force recommendations, which the other candidates backed.
Idaho EdNews’ Kevin Richert also reports that Eynon spoke out against compulsory kindergarten and said he didn’t want 3- to 5-year-olds exposed to public schools. “We are not a socialist state, and our children are not wards of that state,” Eynon said; read Richert’s piece here.
The four are scheduled to debate on statewide television Thursday night as part of the “Idaho Debates.” That debate, co-sponsored by the Idaho Press Club and the League of Women Voters of Idaho, will be broadcast on Idaho Public Television at 8 p.m.