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Eye On Boise archive for Feb. 8, 2011

TUESDAY, FEB. 8, 2011

Goedde: Will follow up on today's suggestions 

In between fielding lots and lots of handshakes and thank-you's from people who sat through today's nearly four-hour public hearing on education reform legislation, Senate Education Chairman John Goedde, R-Coeur d'Alene, said he never asked whether people could come back tomorrow, "Because there are an…

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Final testimony; 45 have testified

The Senate Education Committee, or those members of it who remain, are now hearing from the last person to testify today, a teacher from Idaho Falls. Forty-five people have testified today; 31 of them were against the school reform plan. Click below for a full…

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Testimony: 'Teachers are terminated' 

Judith Harold of Pocatello, a retired teacher, said people are misinformed about what teacher tenure means in Idaho, a concern she said was reinforced when she saw a full-page ad in her local newspaper decrying teacher tenure and claiming that even the poorest teachers can't…

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Testimony: 'Now down to the cons' 

Briana LeClaire of Meridian, education policy analyst for the Idaho Freedom Foundation, testified in favor of the Luna school reform plan. She was followed by Ruth Wells of Montpelier, testifying against, who said, "I think we're rushing into this way too fast." Wells noted that…

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Testimony: 'Unintended consequences'

Among those testifying most recently: Joanne Holtz, a middle school teacher from Caldwell, told the Senate Education Committee that she's had to confiscate cell phones from students who've been texting in class, and she said students don't necessarily understand the proper use of technology and…

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Frank VanderSloot, CEO of Melaleuca Inc. in Idaho Falls, testifies in favor of the Luna school reform plan on Tuesday. At right is a chart showing his company's increasing revenues; he said that's because he does "pay for performance," a concept he touts and that's also in the Luna plan for teachers. (Betsy Russell)

VanderSloot: 'It's fear of the unknown' 10 

Frank VanderSloot, CEO of Melaleuca Inc. in Idaho Falls, spoke in favor of the Luna school reform plan. He displayed a graph showing his company's revenues going up. "There's a reason for our continued growth and success in a time when all other companies are…

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Lorna Finman of Post Falls testifies Tuesday in favor of the Luna school reform plan; she called laptop computers "the pencil and paper of today." (Betsy Russell)

'It is the pencil and paper of today' 

Vicki Scaggs of Caldwell, an instructor at the College of Western Idaho, told lawmakers, "I ask you to consider stepping back, forming a task force to do the research necessary to alleviate the panic we in the ed'ucational profession are feeling right now." She said…

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State Superintendent of Schools Tom Luna talks with Sen. Mitch Toryanski, R-Boise, before the start of Tuesday's school reform hearing, which drew a full house. (Betsy Russell)

School reform hearing ready to start...

There's a full house for this afternoon's school reform hearing; here, state Superintendent of Schools Tom Luna talks with Sen. Mitch Toryanski, R-Boise, before the start of the hearing. Sen. John Goedde, R-Coeur d'Alene, chairman of the Senate Education Committee, has just called the meeting…

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House looking at changes in ethics rules

Here's a link to my full story at on proposed changes to House ethics rules, including clarifying that only House members can file complaints, and adding a clause covering "conduct unbecoming a House member" as an ethics violation. House Speaker Lawerence Denney brought the…

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