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Goedde May Step Down From Ed Role

Coeur d'Alene Sen. John Goedde, who's just won re-election to a seventh term in the Senate, says he may or may not continue as the Senate Education Committee chairman. “I would be in line to take the Commerce & Human Resources chairmanship, and that's something that I spent … years being involved with as a small businessman,” said Goedde, an insurance agent. “And I would not have the hassle of dealing with the leadership of the IEA there.” Clearly stung by the defeat of Propositions 1, 2 and 3, the “Students Come First” school reform measures - of which Goedde was the lead legislative sponsor and which the Idaho Education Association opposed - he said he'll “withhold judgment on how serious the IEA is on looking at education reform” until he sees what vision the teachers union proposes for future reform/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

  • DFO: If Goedde steps down from his Education Committee chairmanship, the absolute last person that I'd like to see take his place is newly minted Sen-elect Bob Nonini. Don't want Nonini anywhere near that committee after he turned a deaf ear to opponents of the Luna Laws in 2011.

Question: Why do you think Senate Education Chairman Goedde and House Education Chairman Bob Nonini escaped the wrath of voters who solidly rejected the Luna Laws?

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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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