Scott Nicholson, who described himself as a Vietnam veteran and a Republican, said he congratulated state schools Supt. Tom Luna on Election Night on his re-election, because he fought for education. But Nicholson said he's against SB 1108 and 1110. “I'm a tad tired of the vilification of teachers,” he told the House Education Committee. “Politicians calling teachers union thugs is unacceptable and disrespectful.” He said, “Silencing the opposition is never a good path forward. Engage them and they will help you.” Nicholson's testimony was followed by a burst of applause. House Education Chairman Bob Nonini, pictured, not only banged the gavel, he warned the audience that he could easily have the room emptied and just call them in one at a time/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.
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Question: Do you think an individual known for his hot temper, like Bob Nonini, is the right person to be chairing a critical committee meeting on public education?