February 17, 2011

Public Education Reform Update

Last week, hundreds of Idahoans came to the Capitol to speak out on schools superintendent Tom Luna's education reform plans. This week, in response to the testimony, the Idaho Senate Education Committee took up a new version of the proposal.

The proposal tweaks the online course requirements and gives districts more flexibility in regulating the use of laptops. But, there were no changes to the its most controversial provision: raising class sizes and eliminating 800 to 1,000 teaching positions. Will the changes in the new bills make a difference? What are the alternatives?

Joan Cartan-Hansen talks with several stakeholders in the education reform debate: Mark Moorer, a school board member with the Potlatch School District; Sherri Wood, president of the Idaho Education Association; Maria Greeley, PTO treasurer for Grace Jordan Elementary School in Boise; and Karen Echeverria, Executive Director for the Idaho School Boards Association.