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Eye On Boise archive for Feb. 10, 2011

THURSDAY, FEB. 10, 2011




Down to one minute for testimony... 

The school reform hearing still is going, and now the time has been reduced to one minute for each person testifying. Everyone testifying is against the Luna school reform plan. Those testifying have included teachers, administrators, business people, parents, students, even a sixth-grader; the tech-savvy…

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Testimony: 'There are lobbyists afoot' 

Tony Norris, a small business owner and father of two from Coeur d'Alene, said he's concerned about the prospect of larger class sizes in his kids' schools. "If my 4th grader, who's 10, came to me and said, 'I'm going to have a birthday party…

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Lake City High teacher Tim Sandford, testifying on the Luna school reform plan, told lawmakers Thursday it's been recently reported that when the Titanic hit the iceberg, if the captain had stopped the ship, it would've slowed the in-rush of water and allowed everyone on the ship to escape alive; he said, "I'm calling on you to stop this ship, take our time, and bring all stakeholders to the table."
 (Betsy Russell)

CdA teacher: 'Stop this ship'

Tim Sandford, a teacher at Lake City High in Coeur d'Alene, said the teacher contracts in his district have worked well for years. "It allows us to teach with integrity, innovate and invest our lives within our communities," he said. "It's not about protecting bad…

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Testimony: 'Strong concerns' re class size

Meridian Schools Supt. Linda Clark told the Senate Education Committee, "We agree with and support many elements of Mr. Luna's plan; we think it is taking us potentially in the direction we should be going. We have long supported performance pay and other elements." However,…

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Ed Tech Assn: 'We can develop these concepts'

Paul Anderson of the Idaho Education Technology Association is the first of two stakeholders to testify today; Sen. John Goedde said each of the two will have 5 minutes, rather than the previously scheduled 10 minutes. Anderson told the senators that his association supports the…

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The Senate Education Committee begins its third straight day of hearings Thursday on state schools Supt. Tom Luna's far-reaching school reform plan. (Betsy Russell)

Today's school reform hearing starts... 

As the school reform hearing starts this afternoon, Senate Education Committee Chairman John Goedde, R-Coeur d'Alene, said he thinks there's enough time to get through everyone who wants to testify today if everyone takes only two minutes. "We're going to go pro and con, and…

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Making a list, checking it twice...

State Superintendent of Schools Tom Luna's spokeswoman, Melissa McGrath, has issued this statement in response to Sen. John Goedde's announcement that Luna's school reform bills will be "reworked" by the committee: "This is the process that every piece of legislation goes through. The committee is…

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Jobs tax credit bill goes to House

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Lawmakers are hoping to boost Idaho's struggling economy by giving businesses more incentives to create new jobs for the next three years. The Idaho Chamber Alliance brought the bill to the House Revenue…

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The nullification debate... 15 

Click below to read a full report from AP reporter John Miller on today's nullification vote in the House State Affairs Committee, which followed two days of public hearings; the bill now is headed for the full House, despite warnings from constitutional scholars that it's…

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Of long hearings and gavel-banging...

Here's a report from Idaho Statesman reporter Brian Murphy on a tense moment at yesterday's Senate Education Committee hearing, during which Chairman John Goedde, R-Coeur d'Alene, banged his gavel so hard that some thought he had broken it. In Murphy's article, Goedde says he doesn't…

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Anderson: 'We are winning'

Rep. Eric Anderson, R-Priest Lake, said the nullification bill's fiscal note is inaccurate, and that violates House rules. It estimates the state would save millions, and includes no estimate of costs for legal defense or loss of federal Medicaid funds. Rep. Vito Barbieri, R-Dalton Gardens,…

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New motion: Pass with no recommendation

Rep. Jim Guthrie, R-McCammon, has made a motion to send HB 117 to the full House without recommendation. Guthrie said he, like those who have testified for the past two days, is passionate about the issues raised by the bill. But he said he's troubled…

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Rep. Vito Barbieri, R-Dalton Gardens, wraps up after two days of testimony to the House State Affairs Committee on his health care "nullification" bill. He said the bill stands up to "what appears to be an oligarchical Washington, D.C. government that needs to be blunted at this time." (Betsy Russell)

Sponsors: 'Not some radical nuts' 

Wrapping up after two days of testimony, Rep. Vito Barbieri, R-Dalton Gardens, told the House State Affairs Committee that the federal government has "decided to go full steam ahead despite the court rulings" on health care reform. He said the bill stands up to "what…

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