Idaho is one of 31 states that’s reforming education, and it’s become quite a hot topic in Idaho, especially right now just weeks before the elections in November.
Superintendent Tom Luna is in Madison County to persuade residents to vote yes on Props 1, 2 and 3.
“It’s not like parents have a choice between reform plan A and reform plan B, the opponents of these laws have said we just want to go back to the system we had two years ago, where everybody’s paid the same, teachers aren’t recognized, district don’t have the ability to recognize teachers for their great work, everybody has tenure, everybody is protected by seniority, some students have access and opportunity, most across the state do not, it’s not a equal access type of an education system” said Luna.
But on the other hand…
“He did present us a choice, he said the choice is between accepting the reforms as they are or going back two years and I can say that going back two years teachers were making more money than they are now, were making more money than they will be making with the bonuses and they had smaller classrooms” said Dawn Anderson a Jr. High teacher and President of the Rexburg Education Association.
Mr. Luna says more and more, teachers are realizing the picture painted by the opposition isn’t true.
“That hundreds and thousands of teachers would lose their jobs, that teachers would be replaced by computers, that teachers pay would be cut 15 to 20% to fund these things, well now teachers are realizing that that’s just not the case” continued Luna.
Even so, many teachers are saying they’re still not satisfied.
“The way that Idaho teachers, most of them I believe, would like to be a part of this process, is just to be a part of the process, just to have a place at the table and right now one of the propositions limits our voice in negotiations” continued Anderson.
You can find a lot more information about all three propositions by clicking on this link for NO and this link for YES.