Idaho Legislature's education panels set listening session Monday

Statesman staffJanuary 21, 2014 

The Idaho Senate and House education committees will hold a joint listening session from 3 to 5 p.m. Monday in the Capitol's Lincoln Auditorium for Idahoans to discuss their ideas about public schools.

The hearing is separate from the joint session this Wednesday afternoon, when a panel of five educators and parents will answers questions about Common Core, the knowledge standards the state expects Idaho students to meet.

The focus of Monday's listening session will be Gov. Butch Otter’s Task Force for Improving Education, which produced 20 recommendations in late 2013 for reforming public schools.

Among the recommendations was to restore $83 million in revenue cut by the Legislature since 2009 and to pay about $250 for a career ladder that would increase teacher pay as it increases teacher accountability for classroom performance. People may address the committee on any education topic except Common Core.

Comments Monday will be limited to three minutes each. The committees wants statements to be prepared in advance.

Comments may also be submitted via email to: hedu@house.idaho.gov.

You can read the task force recommendations at http://www.boardofed.idaho.gov/;board

Wednesday's Common Core session is from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Lincoln Auditorium. No public testimony will be taken.

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