Idaho Education Task Force Plans Statewide Tour

Mar 15, 2013

Task Force members work on goals at first meeting
Credit Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

Idaho’s task force for improving education finished its first phase Friday. Now it goes on to phase two, public meetings. Governor Butch Otter asked Idaho’s State Board of Education to create the task force after voters overturned laws to overhaul the state’s education system.

It’s been meeting for two months to set the groundwork for an education revamp that could have broader support. Next month it will hold seven public meetings in cities around Idaho. Mike Lanza is co-founder of the group Parents and Teachers together and one of 31 task force members. He says the task force has generated some great ideas.

“People should come to these meetings and hear what we’re talking about and speak their minds,” he says. “This is how we’ll change the public school system in Idaho.”  

Not all task force members will be at each meeting but they’ll get notes on what people say. The first meeting is April 10th in Caldwell. The State Board of Education plans to post a schedule on its website along with topics for discussion.

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