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Trib: To Goedde, ‘No’ Means ‘Not Yet’

Five months ago, the people of Idaho said no. No to overturning teachers' employment rights -- 57 percent. No to imposing a top-down merit pay system rewarding teachers more for whether they work in a wealthy school than what they do -- 58 percent. No to pulling money meant for teacher salaries to pay for an untested technology initiative -- 66.7 percent. When state school Superintendent Tom Luna was cramming this 2011 overhaul package down the throats of Idaho parents, students, teachers, and taxpayers, Sen. John Goedde, R-Coeur d'Alene, was helping him every step of the way. Since November's referendum campaign, Goedde, chairman of the Senate Education Committee, has taken any opportunity to get even with the voters for repudiating his handiwork. If there's a bill to continue weakening teacher collective bargaining rights, he's on board/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: What do you make of state Sen. John Goedde, R-Coeur d'Alene, still ignoring the will of the people to push the voter-rejected Luna Laws at every opportunity?

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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