Wasting little time since the April 4 adjournment of the 2013 Idaho Legislature, a special task force on Gem State public education reform begins public hearings Tuesday, April 9.
The task force, appointed by Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter, includes lawmakers, school administrators and educators from Meridian, Grangeville, Melba, Pocatello, New Plymouth, Coeur d'Alene, Lakeland and Sandpoint, in addition to the Idaho Digital Learning Academy and Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna.
In the wake of the November 2012 voter rejection of the Students Come First laws, the task force has met four times since January, and the Legislature asked them to continue meeting and gleening public input to craft new recommendations for the 2014 legislative session.
The first of the spring forums is slated for Tuesday evening at Nampa High School on Lake Lowell Avenue. Another forum is scheduled for Thursday, April 11, in Twin Falls. Future sessions will be held in Lewiston (April 15), Coeur d'Alene (April 16), Idaho Falls (April 22) and Pocatello (April 23) before wrapping up at the Idaho Statehouse auditorium on Thursday, April 25, at 6:30 p.m.