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Tue., Jan. 11, 2011, 8:48 a.m.

Luna, Otter Plan To Overhaul Ed?

Three years after lawmakers rejected their $21 million pay-for-performance plan for K-12 teachers, Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna (pictured) and Gov. Butch Otter are upping the ante. Re-election behind them, the two have quietly designed reforms to school finance, teacher tenure, digital learning and measurement of student performance that Luna said aim at setting national and world standards. And they appear ready to carry them out without any additional money for public schools. Republican leaders in the Legislature were briefed last week but sworn to secrecy until Wednesday at 8:30 a.m., when Luna will present the plan to Senate and House education committees. “Watch and listen,” said House Majority Leader Mike Moyle, R-Star/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Does the Idaho education system need an overhaul?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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