Symbolically or not, scores of Treasure Valley teachers stood with their backs to the Statehouse tonight in a somber vigil protesting the Senate vote to approve two of Tom Luna's plans to reform education.
"Today's debate is best characterized as factual opponents versus idealogic proponents," Democratic Sen. Elliot Werk told Citydesk. Werk said he expects a very different vote when Luna's third bill, calling for elimination of nearly 1,000 teaching positions and an increase class sizes, comes before the Senate.
"I know there are a lot of rumblings over class size," said Werk. "No one is really buying Tom Luna's logic that class size doesn't matter."
The vigil outside the Capitol was one of more than a dozen teachers' rallies scheduled tonight throughout Idaho.
The first two bills are expected to be considered by the House Education committee next Tuesday.
"It's a dark night in Idaho," said Werk. "But I would tell teachers that there will be better days."