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Eye On Boise archive for Jan. 2011

THURSDAY, JAN. 13, 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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TUESDAY, JAN. 11, 2011

Three pillars on the front of the Idaho State Capitol. State schools Supt. Tom Luna will give a presentation Wednesday to a joint meeting of the House and Senate education committees entitled, "The Three Pillars of Student-Centered Education." (Betsy Russell)

Luna to discuss 'three pillars'

When state Superintendent of Schools Tom Luna presents his education reform plan to a joint meeting of the House and Senate education committees tomorrow, his talk will be entitled, "The Three Pillars of Student-Centered Education," according to the agenda. The meeting starts at 8:30 in…

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Ethics session to touch on all three complaints

It turns out that the House Ethics Committee will, in fact, be considering Rep. Eric Anderson's ethics complaint against Rep. Phil Hart when it meets in executive session tomorrow, along with two citizen complaints the panel has received. The committee, at its last meeting, requested…

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Legislative Democrats, including, from left, Sen. Les Bock, D-Boise; Sen. Edgar Malepeai, D-Pocatello; and Rep. John Rusche, D-Lewiston; give their response to the governor's State of the State message at a Statehouse press conference on Tuesday. (Betsy Russell)

Dems respond to gov's State of State message 

The House and Senate minority caucuses held a press conference this morning to give their response to the governor's State of the State message and budget. "In the face of enormous challenges and widespread economic hardship, the governor and many legislators have no plans to…

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'We sharpen our swords on you' 

After Wayne Hammon, Gov. Butch Otter's budget chief, told JFAC that it's an honor to be the first presenter to the joint budget committee each year, JFAC Co-Chair Maxine Bell, R-Jerome, responded with a smile, "We sharpen our swords on you."

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