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Eye On Boise archive for Jan. 12, 2011

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 12, 2011

Luna plan would cut 770 Idaho teaching jobs 

State Superintendent of Schools Tom Luna's school reform plan, just unveiled today, would eliminate the jobs of about 770 teachers over the next five years, according to Department of Education estimates. "Because we are requiring online courses and because we are going to increase the…

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Ethics committee meets, takes no action 

Idaho's House Ethics Committee met behind closed doors for an hour and a half today, but reached no decisions and took no action. Rep. Tom Loertscher, R-Iona, the committee chairman, said much of the time was spent going over materials the committee had requested from…

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December revenue slip could reflect IRS delay

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho tax revenue missed forecasts in December for the first time in months, potentially complicating the effort to craft a budget for the coming year. State budget director Wayne Hammon said Wednesday it's…

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Luna: End tenure for new teachers

State Supt. Tom Luna said his "second pillar" of reform also includes "focused, meaningful professional development and continuing education" for educators, along with more flexibility in hiring both for school districts and school principals, who would have veto power over hires at their school. He…

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Luna outlines pay-for-performance plan

Supt. Tom Luna has now started expanding on his "second pillar" of school reform, "great teachers and leaders." He cited a study showing that having a highly effective teacher and principal has a big impact on student achievement. "Why would we ever leave this to…

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Luna's three pillars...

Luna said the "three pillars" of his school-reform proposal are: The 21st century classroom, which he said is "not limited by walls, bell schedules, school calendars or geography;" "great teachers and leaders;" and "transparent accountability," to hold students accountable for the work they do and…

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