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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?

Sis: Goedde Bullied Education Debate

Last week the Idaho legislature scheduled three days of hearings to get feedback from the public about Superintendent Tom Luna's surprising proposal to completely overhaul Idaho's education system. Senator John Goedde (pictured in Betsy Russell photo) is a Republican from Coeur d'Alene and chairman of the senate education committee before which the hearings were held. Goedde stacked the deck. He manipulated the process from the beginning of the debate. Despite the fact that overhaul opponents overwhelmed the proponents at the hearing, Chairman Goedde granted equal time to each group, as if there were an equal number of contentions. And when one speaker, who identified himself as a proponent, failed to speak in favor, Goedde blew a gasket. Sisyphus, 43rd State Blues. More here.

Question: Are you happy with the way Chairman John Goedde, R-Coeur d'Alene, handled the Senate Education Committee debate re: Tom Luna's proposed education “reforms” this week?

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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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