Representatives of local school districts and both sides of the contentious debate over whether to retain Idaho's trio of "Students Come First" education laws will participate in a public forum Monday night at Centennial High School.
The forum is set from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the small auditorium at Centennial, at the northwest corner of McMillan and Cloverdale in west Boise. The focus is on the Nov. 6 vote that could repeal the three 2011 laws championed by Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna.
Luna Deputy Chief of Staff Jason Hancock and YES for Idaho Education campaign manager Ken Burgess will speak on behalf of the laws. Centennial government teacher Cindy Wilson and Mike Lanza, chairman of Vote No on Propositions 1, 2 & 3, will discuss their opposition to the laws.
Representatives of the Boise and Meridian school districts -- Superintendent Don Coberly and school board Chaiman A.J. Balukoff for Boise; school board member Anne Ritter and Community Relations Director Eric Exline for Meridian -- will discuss implementation of the laws.
Boise State University Professor Emeritus Jim Weatherby will moderate the free event, which is sponsored by the League of Women Voters Idaho, American Association of University Women and TransForm Idaho.