More than 300 people packed into an auditorium at Centennial High School Monday night, many of them hearing what they wanted to hear. Very few of the attendees that Citydesk spoke with said that they were undecided when it came to the so-called "Luna Laws." In fact, the majority of the near-capacity gathering opposed Propositions 1, 2 and 3, the controversial package of sweeping changes to Idaho's education system.
Ken Burgess, campaign manager for Yes4Idaho, said repealing the Luna Laws would be "horribly disruptive" to Idaho schools, while Jason Hancock, deputy chief of staff with the Idaho Department of Education, insisted that the reforms put more compensation in teachers' pockets.
But Boise School Superintendent Dr. Don Coberly said the new compensation package defied logic, saying that one of his schools, which has been honored as one of nine Idaho distinguished schools, didn't qualify for bonuses.
Educator Cindy Wilson, who teaches at Centennial, told the crowd that she had been silent on the issue until Monday night but chose the forum as her "coming out moment."
"Don't tie [teachers'] hands," said Wilson. "Pay us what we're worth but don't make us compete with each other."