Social studies and government teacher Cindy Wilson said the group’s 20 recommendations are beginning to make a positive difference in her classroom.
Work remains to be done, but Idaho is “making significant progress in addressing the most critical challenges facing education,” says Gov. Butch Otter.
Members of the teachers association don’t want a new system of licensure to be tied to an evaluation. Meanwhile, Tom Luna says the IEA is doing a “180” on its support of the task force.
Two groups of educators, stakeholders and state officials have started the work of continuing to develop and implement the task force recommendations from 2013.
Mike Lanza, a member of Gov. Butch Otter’s original education reform task force, says he was pulled shortly after joining A.J. Balukoff’s gubernatorial campaign staff.
Bob Lokken of Idaho Business for Education endorsed K-12’s new education standards at the Boise Metro Chamber’s annual legislative luncheon. The Chamber also endorsed the standards.
Task force members Clark, Lanza and Westerberg said the near unanimous agreement with the recommendations represents a mandate to move toward implementation. They also turned the tables on skeptics by asking if officials have considered the cost of ignoring the proposals.
Three members of the 31-person task force will discuss the plan at a City Club of Boise forum.
Caldwell speakers tout education task force recommendations.
Responding to questions at a Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce luncheon Tuesday, Gov. Butch Otter threw his support behind the 21 far-reaching recommendations of his education reform task force.