Idaho education hearing focuses on union limits, charter schools

Proposed new limits on teachers unions and charter school funding dominated a “listening session” where Idaho House and Senate Education Committee members got an earful from the public.

The session, held Friday in the Capitol auditorium, was attended by about 200 people. Many of those who spoke urged the rejection of several pending bills seeking to give school boards more power when negotiating with teacher unions. Instead, they argued Idaho lawmakers should listen to voters who rejected public school chief Tom Luna’s “Students Come First” overhaul on Nov. 6 and wait for Gov. Butch Otter’s task force to complete its work.

In addition, numerous charter school proponents who attended today’s session asked lawmakers to boost their funding. Charters now get less money than traditional schools.  (AP)

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