Legislators get an earful in education hearing
BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- Two themes -- charter school funding and proposed new limits on teachers unions -- dominated a "listening session" where House and Senate Education Committee members got an earful from the public.
The session, held Friday morning in the Capitol auditorium, was attended by about 200 people.
Many of those who spoke urged the rejection of several pending bills seeking to give school boards more power when negotiating with teacher unions.
Instead, they argued Idaho lawmakers should listen to voters who rejected public school chief Tom Luna's "Students Come First" overhaul on Nov. 6 and wait for Gov. "Butch" Otter's task force to complete its work.
In addition, numerous charter school proponents who attended Friday's session asked lawmakers to boost their funding.
Charters now get less money than traditional schools.