Even before the 2014 session of the Idaho Legislature convened in January, Boise Democratic Rep. Hy Kloc was garnering positive reviews and gaining momentum for his proposed bill that would create a series of pilot pre-K programs, with the majority of the funding coming from private sources. Kloc even got Rexburg Republican Rep. Doug Hancey to co-sponsor the bill.
But Idaho Education News reports that the prospects for the pre-K pilot "appear grim" after Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna took a clear shot at Kloc's proposal at a Feb. 18 public forum sponsored by Boise State University's Andrus Center for Public Policy.
According to Idaho Ed News, Luna said, "I don't think we're ready to do even what he's suggesting all over the state."
Meanwhile, the Idaho House Education Committee has yet to schedule a so-called RS (routing slip) hearing, which could open the door to a full public hearing before the committee. Kloc told Idaho Ed News that it was his understanding that his pre-K bill would get an introductory hearing this session, but there is little more than a month presumed to be left in the 2014 legislative session.