Thursday, February 16, 2012

More Teachers Leaving Idaho Classrooms

Posted By on Thu, Feb 16, 2012 at 9:13 AM

In the just-published edition of BW, we listen to a Canyon County teacher who says, "The academic freedom that teachers have is shrinking."

Vallivue High School English teacher Travis Manning, an opponent of Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna's so-called education reforms, said his activism has even been targeted by the Idaho Freedom Foundation's subsidiary, IdahoReporter.com.

"[Wayne] Hoffman [IFF's director] used to to work for Tom Luna. They're on the same page in many ways regarding these education reforms," said Manning, whose school emails were even ordered to be turned over to IdahoReporter.com through a public-records request.

Wednesday, the Associated Press reported that nearly 1,300 Idaho teachers had left their profession in 2011, up from approximately 700 the previous year. More than half said they left for "personal reasons."

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