Posts tagged: public education reform
Mike Lanza, chairman of Idahoans for Responsible Education Reform, says paid signature gatherers have joined volunteers to gather signatures to force a referendum on the three reform laws authored by Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna. Lanza said he doesn't know how many are working for the company hired for the job with money from the National Education Association on behalf of the Idaho Education Association. “The IEA took this step, and I endorse it, because we are serious about succeeding in this petition drive,” Lanza said in an email. “Having paid signature gatherers is not unusual, as you know. They've been hired as insurance. We expect to collect at least 60,000 signatures just through volunteers”/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here. (AP file photo)
Question: Do you agree with the move by Idahoans for Responsible Education Reform to pay signature gatherers for referendum and recall drives against Superintendent Tom Luna's reforms?
Don’t blame the Boise School District. Place the blame squarely where it belongs — with the 2011 Legislature and Gov. Butch Otter. Because the state chose to finance public schools on the cheap, cutting K-12 budgets for the third consecutive year, the Boise district will have to grovel to voters. On Aug. 30, the district will ask voters to pass a property tax levy — aimed at keeping teachers on the job and preventing increases in class size. District officials don’t know exactly how much they’ll seek. They’ll figure that out in July, after they have a better sense of the state’s revenue picture/Kevin Richert, Idaho Statesman. More here.
Question: Did any of you really think that there wouldn't be tax hikes to pay for public education when the 2011 Legislature and Gov. Butch Otter embraced Tom Luna's “reform” plan to fund education on the cheap?
As Idaho students prepared to take ISAT tests this week, a sample question for 10th graders on Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna's website advocated online learning. The question touted flexible scheduling and said online classes can be “equally challenging” as traditional courses, as long as they are taught by quality instructors. A parent called the Statesman Wednesday to complain that his 10th grade daughter pointed out the question to him, which he found offensive. Luna spokeswoman Melissa McGrath said the question was removed as a result of the complaint. She said the question was written by the State Board of Education in 2007 and posted on Luna's website in October/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here.
Question: OK, I'm not a fan of either Luna or his so-called education reforms. But isn't the parent who complained about the ISAT question re: online classes a bit too hypersensitive?