Students Come First

2013 Legislature
1:32 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

10 Parts Of 'Students Come First' Now Working Through Idaho Legislature

Updated: Several measures working through Idaho’s legislature echo parts of the laws known as Students Come First. Those laws were overturned by voters last November through ballot propositions. (You can read a detailed description of what was in those here.) We’ve put together a rundown of bills that reflect parts of Students Come First which may pass or have already received lawmaker approval.

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2013 Legislature
8:59 pm
Sun March 24, 2013

Voter Rejected Education Laws Come Back In Idaho Legislature, Some Without Opposition

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Four months ago Idaho voters repealed three education laws through ballot initiatives. Now nearly a dozen provisions from those laws are working through the Idaho legislature or have already passed.

Idaho residents voted on three propositions to overturn the laws known as Students Come First. But the laws contained dozens of provisions on things like teacher labor relations and increasing classroom technology. Those who pushed for repeal say voters rejected all aspects, period. That’s how Penni Cyr, president of the Idaho Education Association (IEA) sees it.

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Legislature 2013
10:46 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Idaho Teachers Group Says School Boards Ignoring Voter Message

Penni Cyr

Idaho legislative education leaders brokered a meeting Wednesday between Idaho Education Association representatives and representatives from the Idaho School Boards Association. The groups are at odds over a set of bills the association of school boards has introduced.

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2013 Legislature
3:53 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Idaho School Boards Want To Bring Back Parts Of 'Students Come First' Laws

Members of the Meridian Education Association negotiating in an open meeting last spring. The MEA and the district reached an agreement just before the deadline but in other districts teachers had to take the last best offer.
Credit Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

The group that represents Idaho’s school boards asked lawmakers Tuesday to bring back parts of the Students Come First laws. Voters repealed those last November.

The new bill would bring back open meetings for labor negotiations. The same bill would again allow school districts to set contract terms if negotiations with local unions were not concluded by a certain date.

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Liveblog
4:37 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Liveblog: A Community Conversation About The Future Of Idaho's Schools

It was standing room only Tuesday night at KBSX News' community forum on education in Boise.
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Idaho voters sent a clear message to policymakers when they struck down a trio of education laws last November. Those laws known as “Students Come First” would have increased technology in classrooms, limited collective bargaining rights for teachers and more.

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Students Come First
4:39 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

Otter Wants Group To Study Idaho Education Options

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Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter has asked the State Board of Education to shepherd a statewide discussion about improving education for students.

Otter said Thursday a broadly representative group of Idahoans yet to be selected will study options that could lead to changes without lawmakers creating new laws.

But he says if the group determines legislation is necessary, lawmakers could take up the ideas in 2014.

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Education Funding
10:42 am
Thu December 27, 2012

Idaho Lawmakers Noncommittal On Education Money In Limbo Since Props 1, 2 3 Vote

Idaho's capital building reflected in the glass surface of one of its neighbors
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Idaho voters' decision to strike down three education laws in November raised a question. What happens to the money that was meant to pay for things like classroom technology and hiring more math and science teachers?

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Education Reform
3:50 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Prop 1, 2, 3 Opponents Worry Idaho Legislature Will Revive Repealed Education Laws

Mike Lanza at rally earlier this year
Credit Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

The leaders of the campaign that defeated Idaho’s Propositions 1, 2 and 3 in last month’s election are concerned that the laws could come back. They’re speaking out against efforts to resurrect the education overhaul rejected by voters.

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Propositions 1, 2, 3
10:23 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Some Idaho School Districts Could Lose Millions After Voters Repeal Education Laws

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Idaho’s Department of Education says the repeal of the Students Come First education laws means a $23 million cut for the state’s schools. It took the department time to come up with that number after voters rejected the laws early this month through ballot propositions 1, 2 and 3.

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Online Classes
4:03 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

Idaho High School Students Won't Be Required To Take Online Classes

Board member Milford Terrell, (at table left) state employees and journalists were the only ones to attend Monday's meeting in person. All seven other members of the board participated by phone.
Credit Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

Idaho high school students won't have to take online classes to graduate. The State Board of Education repealed a rule Monday that required them.

Voters rejected the Students Come First laws on November 6 but one of those laws had a twist. It required the board of education to set the online class requirement, which it did. That requirement was still in place despite the laws' repeal.  The Idaho Legislature still has to sign off but, board spokesperson Marilyn Whitney says students should consider it gone.

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Education Reform
5:36 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Teachers’ Union And Governor’s Office To Talk About Next Steps For Idaho Education Reform

Penni Cyr addressing Students Come First opponents the day after voters rejected the laws.
Credit Frankie Barnhill / Boise State Public Radio

Since Idaho voters rejected the Students Come First education laws last week, both sides have spoken about the need to cooperate. A first step in that direction happens Wednesday. Idaho Governor Butch Otter - one of the chief bakers of the laws - has invited representatives from the state’s teachers union, the IEA to come to the capitol.

The IEA worked to overturn Students Come First. Otter spokesman Jon Hanian says the governor wants to create changes to the state’s education system Idahoan’s will support.

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Students Come First
3:54 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

Idaho Teachers Can Still Get Bonuses Says State Attorney General

Idaho teachers will still get about $38 million in merit-pay bonuses this year even though voters' rejected three education laws.
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Idaho teachers will still get about $38 million in merit-pay bonuses this year. That’s despite voters' rejection of public schools chief Tom Luna's education overhaul.

The Idaho attorney general says the failure at the polls shouldn't affect the payout.

In an opinion made public Monday, deputy attorney general Andrew Snook wrote that teachers who qualified for the bonuses earned them for the 2011-2012 school year — before Luna's merit pay law was voted down Nov. 6.

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Propositions 1, 2, 3
2:16 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Vote No Campaign Celebrates Victory Over Props 1, 2 And 3, Reaches Out To Luna

Idaho Education Association President Penni Cyr addresses a small crowd outside of Boise High. Also pictured are Vote No spokesman Brian Cronin and treasurer Maria Greeley.
Credit Frankie Barnhill / Boise State Public Radio

After voters rejected the controversial Students Come First education laws last night, members of the Vote No campaign gathered outside of Boise High this morning.

Vote No campaign chairman Mike Lanza said that the results of the referenda are clear. He says that voters showed how much they care about local control in Idaho’s schools, and he characterized the election results as “glorious.”  

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Election 2012
9:14 am
Wed November 7, 2012

With Idaho's Props 1, 2 And 3 Defeated, What's Next?

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For the second time in Idaho's history, voters have overturned a law passed by state lawmakers. 

Residents rejected the 2011 education laws known as Students Come First.  They did so by a wide margin. 

As part of our analysis on Morning Edition, KBSX education reporter Adam Cotterell spoke with host Scott Graf about the result, reaction to it, and what comes next. 

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Election 2012
8:56 am
Wed November 7, 2012

What The 'Students Come First' Results Say About Idaho Politics

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We spoke with David Adler, Director of the Andrus Center for Public Policy at Boise State University, about the results of the Students Come First vote. 

The interview aired on KBSX's Morning Edition.  Click 'Listen' to hear Adler's analysis.

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Election 2012
6:00 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Idaho Rejects Teacher Pay Reforms, Classroom Technology Laws

The Vote No campaign held a party election night. The group fought to overturn Propositions 1, 2 and 3.
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Idaho voters delivered a resounding defeat to three new education laws. Voters said no to limits on teacher bargaining rights, to creating a pay-for-performance system and to ramping up classroom technology.  Opponents were successful, in part, by billing the laws as an attack on teachers. 

When the first results came in, the Vote No campaign brought out the bagpipes.

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Election 2012
12:11 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Future Of Students Come First Education Laws Uncertain

Tome Luna
Credit Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

All three of public schools chief Tom Luna's education overhaul initiatives were failing just before

midnight Tuesday.

About 40 percent of the precincts statewide were counted.

But if the numbers hold, it would be a clear disaster for Luna's plans to remake Idaho's schools.

By far, Luna's plan to spend $180 million on student laptops over eight years and require online courses to graduate was faring the worst, securing just a third of the vote.

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Election 2012
3:14 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Voting In Ada County

The counting machines are prepped and ready at Ada County Election Headquarters
Credit Samantha Wright / Boise State Public Radio

Voters around Idaho are heading to the polls this afternoon.

In the state's largest county voting has been smooth so far.  That’s according to Phil McGrane, Ada County’s Chief Deputy Clerk. ”Only small issues far, we haven’t had any real challenges to deal with and as far as we know right now there aren’t any strong lines to speak of and people are able to get in and get out relatively quickly.”

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Election 2012
6:20 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Idaho Students Say Yes To Romney, No To Propositions 1, 2, 3 In Mock Election

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Americans head to the polls Tuesday. Here in Idaho big turnout is expected. Many Idahoans have already voted including 1,700 high school students. They took part in the state's student mock election.  

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Propositions 1, 2, 3
9:57 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Idaho Teacher Pay For Performance: Research Vs. Experience

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Tuesday Idahoan’s will vote on propositions 1, 2, and 3. Those ask if the state should keep the controversial education laws known as Students Come First. The laws limit collective bargaining rights and seek to increase technology use in schools. One of the laws also creates a pay for performance plan where teachers can earn bonuses. Now that law has drawn criticism from an unexpected source.

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