In the Classroom

May primary's outcome could shape Idaho education reform

Idaho's education reform movement, created out of recommendations from Gov. Butch Otter's Task Force for Improving Education, faces an uncertain future with the surprise defeat in the May 20 primary of Sen. John Goedde, R-Coeur d'Alene, chairman of the Senate Education committee, says a task force member from North Idaho.

Alan Millar, principal at Forrest Bird Charter School in Sandpoint, writes in Idaho Education News that Goedde was a champion for education. "I knew that Sen. Goedde would listen to my ideas and the concerns of the charter school community, but he also provided a lens for the wider view of trying to do the right thing for all students in Idaho," Millar writes.

He also is concerned about Sherri Ybarra, the relatively unknown Republican candidate for State Superintendent of Public Instruction. "Her election platform of saying very little about the issues facing the task force was a winner in a low turnout closed primary, but it is less likely a winning strategy for the general election."