Monday, December 9, 2013

Educators, Lawmakers Take to Idaho Capitol Steps Monday for 'Day of Action'

Posted By on Mon, Dec 9, 2013 at 9:42 AM

They're calling it a "day of action." And though today's temperatures are hovering near zero, educators and parents say it's a burning topic.

Activists will take to the steps of the Idaho Statehouse beginning at 4 p.m. to re-ignite the debate over adequate funding for Idaho public schools.

"Funding cuts have had a devastating impact on teachers and students in Idaho," said Idaho Education Association President Penni Cyr. "It is long past time for our elected officials to reinvest in public education, and pay attention to both the economic cost and the human cost associated with not providing adequate resources for Idaho students and teachers."

Cyr said several speakers will emphasize what she called community-driven solutions in encouraging elected officials to adopt and implement the recent recommendations of Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter's Task Force for Improving Education.

A number of local Statehouse representatives are also expected to participate in Monday afternoon's rally, including Boise Democratic Reps. Hy Kloc and Janie Ward-Engelking.

"This Day of Action is a great opportunity to let everyone know how committed we are to quality public education for future generations of Idahoans," said Ward-Engelking.

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