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Teachers Denied Leave For Hearing

Boise school teachers won’t be able to get paid time off to attend a state hearing Friday on schools spending using a special leave despite a request from the Boise Education Association (BEA). The Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee (JFAC), which writes the state budget, will listen to public testimony from individuals on the schools budget during its Friday meeting.  Speakers are limited to three minutes of testimony.  The hearing will likely revolve around an education reform plan backed by state schools superintendent Tom Luna that has come under fire from the Idaho Education Association (IEA). The BEA sent an e-mail to some of its members on Jan. 13 urging them to attend the meeting/Brad Iverson-Long, Idaho Reporter. More here.

Question: Should Boise teachers be able to use special leave to attend the JFAC meeting that will discuss Superintendent Tom Luna's proposed public education reform?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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