Another marathon hearing is underway at the House Education Committee, which is taking up two of Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna's proposals to reform public education in Idaho. Senate Bills 1108 and 1110, which have already passed through the Senate, would gut collective bargaining with teachers, dramatically trim tenure and introduce a new pay-for-performance plan.
Similar to Tuesday, almost of all of today's public speakers are voicing opposition to the plans. Here's a sample:
Ann Campbell (mother of 4-year-old): "Don't turn teachers into temps."
Grace Owens (retired teacher): "These bills scare me."
Shawn Dygert (teacher): "Every time I try and read the bills, I find more questions."
Republican committee chairman Rep. Bob Nonini of Coeur d'Alene has had to gavel the hearing more than once, threatening to clear the room. Testimony is expected to continue through the morning and the committee is not expected to vote on the bills before Thursday.