Idaho school task force has big choices

April 27, 2013 

You told them

Gov. Butch Otter's Task Force on Education Improvement wanted to know what Idahoans thought should be done about education. Scratch that one off the list. After seven meetings across the state, the task force has lots of ideas.

Like what?

Well, help everything. Better supplies. Better-trained teachers. More support for special ed. Get more money for schools.

Add one more thing

Dump Common Core, the new math and English standards being adopted by states around the country, including Idaho. They rankle folks who think the move is government intrusion and low-bar education. That wasn't on the task force list, but it's hard to think the group will ignore it.

What's next?

Replay the forum and start looking for pieces of legislation that can help fix Idaho's school problems, said Kevin Richert in his Idaho Education News blog.

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