Friday, March 18, 2011

Revised Third Education Bill Revealed

Posted By on Fri, Mar 18, 2011 at 9:17 AM

Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna unveiled a watered-down version of this third and most controversial leg of sweeping education reform this morning.

Senate Bill 1113 may now be noted for what it doesn't include: It no longer calls for a major elimination of teaching jobs, and it no longer requires an increase in class size. But it still asks that laptops be distributed to high-schoolers over a three-year period rather than all at once. In regard to online learning, the measure instructs the state Board of Education to craft new rules on Web-based learning.

Luna's previous two bills, gutting collective bargaining and instituting pay-for-performance plans, have already been passed by the House and Senate and signed into law by Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter.

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