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 ǯs. 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 ǯ Ǥ Kevin Hill, Moscow Middle School principal, said the rejection of the three propositions will send a message to the legislature. ǯs that might turn new teachers away from working in Idaho. ǲ ǡǳǤǲ are one of the Ǥǳ Bob Celebrezze, principal at Moscow High School, ǲͶͻ-‐pupil 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 ͳǡʹ͵ ǯ understand K-‐ͳʹǡǳ said CelebrezzeǤǲ union 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 ǯ either this or nothing. Gill said there is some good content in the propositions, but they are ǲǳsolution that finds middle ground. ǲ ǯ ǯ ǡǳ Ǥǲ akes me fear for
ǯǤǳ If the propositions had passed, Gill worried that teachers would struggle with larger classes and that sǯ-‐on-‐one attention they need.
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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.
Published on Mar 13, 2013