Governor names his task force

Gov. Butch Otter named his Task Force for Improving Education and scheduled its first meeting for Jan. 11 in Boise. The task force includes teachers, superintendents, parents and business leaders.

The first meeting will be include a welcome from the governor and task force chair Richard Westerberg. The next meetings are Jan. 25 and Feb. 28. The governor said in his State of the State address that he wanted to see results from his task force before taking legislative action in education reform.

Friday’s meeting begins at 9 a.m. at the Yanke Research Center (220 ParkCenter Blvd) and is scheduled to run until 3 p.m. Check back here for coverage of the meeting.

House Education Chair Rep. Reed DeMordaunt and Sentate Education Chair Sen. John Goedde are on the task force as is superintendent Tom Luna.

Name Organization
Richard Westerberg, Chair State Board of Education
Doug Baker University of Idaho
Laurie Boeckel Idaho Parent Teacher Association
Roger Brown Governor’s Office
Cheryl Charlton Idaho Digital Learning Academy
Linda Clark IASA, Joint School Dist. No. 2 (Meridian)
Penni Cyr Idaho Education Association (IEA)
Reed DeMordaunt (R) Idaho House of Representatives
Karen Echeverria Idaho School Boards Association (ISBA)
Ken Edmunds State Board of Education
Wayne Freedman ISBA Past President
John Goedde (R) Idaho State Senate
Steve Higgins IASA, Grangeville School Dist.
Mary Huff ISBA, Melba School Board Member
Teresa Jackman IEA, Pocatello
Alex LaBeau Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry
Mike Lanza IEA, ID Parents & Teachers IPATT
Rod Lewis State Board of Education
Bob Lokken Idaho Business for Education
Tom Luna Superintendent of Public Instruction
Alan Millar Idaho Charter School Network
Phyllis Nichols Counselor, New Plymouth School Dist.
Katie Pemberton Coeur d’Alene School Dist.
Roger Quarles Idaho Leads Project
Mary Ann Ranells IASA, Lakeland School Dist.
Anne Ritter ISBA President, Meridian School Board Member
Brian Smith IEA, Sandpoint
Geoffrey Thomas IASA, Madison School Dist.
Janie Ward-Engelking (D) Idaho House of Representatives
Cindy Wilson IEA, Meridian
Rob Winslow Idaho Association of School Administrators (IASA)
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