ISBA and IEA: Digging in for battle?

Education groups are expected to meet again later this week to continue discussing seven collective bargaining bills — controversial proposals that contain elements from the defeated Proposition 1.

The parties met for three hours Monday with Senate Education Committee Chairman John Goedde, R-Coeur d’Alene, and House Education Committee Chairman Reed DeMordaunt, R-Eagle.

How’d things go?

Consider this: Afterwards, both the Idaho School Boards Association and the Idaho Education Association took to the Internet to motivate their membership.

Here are some remarks from Karen Echeverria of the ISBA, which is sponsoring the bills: “It will be imperatively important for the ISBA and (Idaho Association of School Administrators) membership to contact legislators and explain the need for this legislation. They will undoubtedly hear from the other side and they will need to know there are those who believe in this legislation. We have a lot of support, but it will take everything we have to get it passed. If you don’t know who your legislators are, please contact us and we can get you that information.”

And here’s what the IEA said on its website after Monday’s meeting: “In conversations with school boards association and school administrators’ lobbyists, it has been repeatedly stated that members of their organizations need these ‘tools’ to manage their districts. Do your local school board members support these measures? Please contact your local school board members and find out if they believe abdicating local control to the state is really how they want to operate your district. Urge them to listen to the voters who overwhelmingly rejected many of these ideas and the process that was used to develop the original laws and these bills, as well.”

Softening of positions? It doesn’t sound that way.

Kevin Richert

Kevin Richert

Senior reporter and blogger Kevin Richert specializes in education politics and education policy. He has more than 30 years of experience in Idaho journalism. He is a frequent guest on "Idaho Reports" on Idaho Public Television and "Idaho Matters" on Boise State Public Radio. Follow Kevin on Twitter: @KevinRichert. He can be reached at [email protected]

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