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MONDAY, FEB. 21, 2011, 4:42 P.M.

Goedde May Pull Back Ed Reform Bills

Don Sausser snapped this photo 5 minutes ago as a group of 25 protesters cross entrance to Independence Point parking lot en route to Human Rights Education Institute for speeches. Educators and supporters are walking in groups of 25 because they don't have a parade permit. Don estimates there are 100 marching in total, commenting: "It's cold out there." Terry Harris/KEA reports that numerous vehicles are honking in support of the march. William Love remarks that marchers are chanting: "Stop Luna's plan."

The controversial school reform plan proposed by state schools Supt. Tom Luna could be pulled back to committee for changes, Senate Education Committee Chairman John Goedde said this afternoon. Goedde, R-Coeur d'Alene, met with representatives of three stakeholder groups today - the Idaho Education Association, the Idaho Association of School Administrators, and the Idaho School Boards Association - and the group came up with a long list of questions, problems and technical fixes for the package. “We went through each bill section by section,” Goedde said. “It's not too late. … We could have the bills that are out there right now returned to committee”/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.

Question: Do you think Goedde and other legislators are coming to their senses re: Tom Luna's radical plans? Or is this window dressing?

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