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Propositions  fail  with  teachers   By:  Gabriella  Midles


November  6,  2012       Idaho  struck  down  Propositions  1,  2  and  3,  which  pushed  education  reform  on   Idaho  schools  and  teachers.     The  three-­‐part  proposition  was  on  the  ballot  Nov.  6  and  failed  to  sway  voters.     Tom  Luna,  Idaho  State  Superintendent,  had  a  hand  in  the  development  of  the   propositions,  which  are  critical  of  teachers  unions  and  push  new  reform  on  the  current   education  system.   Final  tally  of  the  votes  revealed  that  Idahoans  rejected  all  three  of  the  propositions.     Voters  opposed  Proposition  1  with  57  percent  voting  no.    Proposition  1  would  have   removed  „ƒ”‰ƒ‹‹‰”‹‰Š–•‘ˆ–‡ƒ…Š‡”•ƒ†–Š‡’‘™‡”‘ˆ–‡ƒ…Š‡”ǯ•—‹‘s.     Voters  opposed  Proposition  2  with  58  percent  voting  no.  Proposition  2  awarded   teachers  on  a  pay  to  preform  basis,  allowing  bonuses  to  teachers  that  produce  students  with   high-­‐test  scores.        

 Voters  were  most  adamantly  opposed  to  Proposition  3  with  67  percent  voting  no.    

Proposition  3  proposed  updating  classroom  technology  and  provided  laptops  to  high  school   students,  and  it  incorporates  mandatory  online  courses.   The  propositions  were  not  popular  among  teachers  and  had  many  Moscow  teachers   ƒ†’”‹…‹’ƒŽ•™‘””‹‡†ƒ„‘—– †ƒŠ‘ǯ•‡†—…ƒ–‹‘”‡ˆ‘”Ǥ   Kevin  Hill,  Moscow  Middle  School  principal,  said  the  rejection  of  the  three   propositions  will  send  a  message  to  the  legislature.     ‹ŽŽ•ƒ‹†–Šƒ–‹–™‘—Ž†ǯ–„‡Œ—•––Š‡’”‘’‘•‹–‹‘s  that  might  turn  new  teachers  away   from  working  in  Idaho.       Dz †ƒŠ‘‹•˜‡”›—‹“—‡™Š‡‹–…‘‡•–‘‡†—…ƒ–‹‘ǡdz•ƒ‹† ‹ŽŽǤDz‡  are  one  of  the   Ž‘™‡•–ˆ—†‡†Ǥdz   Bob  Celebrezze,  principal  at  Moscow  High  School,  •ƒ‹† †ƒŠ‘‹•DzͶͻ–Š‹’‡”-­‐pupil   ‡š’‡†‹–—”‡•‹–Š‡ƒ–‹‘Ǥdz   Celebrezze  recited  the  statistic  from  the  2010  Public  Education  Finances  Report   from  the  U.S.  Census  Bureau.  The  report  showed  spending-­‐per-­‐pupil  in  Idaho  was  the   second  lowest  in  the  nation,  at  $7,106  per  pupil.  The  national  average  spending-­‐per-­‐pupil  

was  $10,615.     Dz –Š‹–Šƒ–”‘’‘•‹–‹‘•ͳǡʹƒ†͵ƒ”‡„—‹Ž–„›ƒ‰”‘—’‘ˆ…‘•–‹–—‡–•–Šƒ–†‘ǯ– understand  K-­‐ͳʹǡdz  said  CelebrezzeǤDz –Š‹–Š‡›ƒ”‡„—‹Ž–ƒ•‘‡›•ƒ˜‡”•ƒ†„›union   „ƒ•Š‡”•Ǥdz   Liz  Gill,  an  education  major  at  the  University  of  Idaho,  was  raised  in  Idaho  and  went   through  the  Moscow  School  system.     Gill  listen  to  Tom  Luna  speak  at  an  event  and  was  struck  by  his  opinion  –Šƒ–‹–ǯ• either  this  or  nothing.  Gill  said  there  is  some  good  content  in  the  propositions,  but  they  are   DzŠ‡ƒ˜‹Ž›Ž‘ƒ†‡†dzƒ†™ƒ–•ƒsolution  that  finds  middle  ground.     Dz ǯ•ƒ†–‘•ƒ›–Šƒ– ’”‘„ƒ„Ž›™‘ǯ––‡ƒ…Š‹ †ƒŠ‘ǡdz•ƒ‹† ‹ŽŽǤDz –akes  me  fear  for  

†ƒŠ‘ǯ•ˆ—–—”‡Ǥdz   If  the  propositions  had  passed,  Gill  worried  that  teachers  would  struggle  with  larger   classes  and  that  s–—†‡–•™‘—Ž†ǯ–‰‡––Š‡‘‡-­‐on-­‐one  attention  they  need.      

Dz‡•‡ƒ”…Š•Š‘™•–Šƒ–•–—†‡–•†‘™‡ŽŽ‹•ƒŽŽ‡”…Žƒ•••‹œ‡•ǡdz•ƒ‹† ‹ŽŽǤDz‡ƒ”‡

‰‘‹‰–‘‹••‰‹ˆ–‡†•–—†‡–•ƒ†™‡ƒ”‡‰‘‹‰–‘‹•••–”—‰‰Ž‹‰•–—†‡–•Ǥdz   Gill  said  the  voters  need  choices,  and  suggested  that  the  solution  lies  within   consultation  of  teachers  and  students  to  create  the  best  education  reform.  


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