Nampa task force forum: the numbers

Here’s a look at Wednesday’s education task force forum in Nampa, by the numbers:

Nine: Task force members are likely to attend at least the public forums close to their hometown. Nine members of the 31-member task force were in Nampa:  Richard Westerberg, task force chairman and State Board of Education member; Roger Brown, Gov. Butch Otter’s office; Rep. Reed DeMordaunt, R-Eagle; Mary Huff, Melba School Board; Mike Lanza, Idaho Parents and Teachers; Bob Lokken, Idaho Business for Education; Tom Luna, superintendent of public instruction; Phyllis Nichols, counselor, New Plymouth School District; Roger Quarles, Idaho Leads Project; Rep. Janie Ward-Engelking, D-Boise.

Sixty: About 60 people attended the first forum.

Nineteen: Nineteen people spoke.

8:15: The forum was slated to run until 9 p.m. But after everyone had had a say, Westerberg adjourned the meeting about 45 minutes ahead of schedule.

One: One member of the audience wore a white plastic mask during much of the forum — Pete Peterson, a Boise comic who has launched several longshot bids to recall Luna. Peterson did not testify.

Six: The task force has six more hearings scheduled around the state, culminating with an April 25 forum at the Statehouse.

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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