BOISE – State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna says he remains committed to education reform despite the defeat of Propositions 1, 2 and 3.
The Vote No Campaign spent millions of dollars to overturn his Students Come First laws.
Opponents of the propositions say they want the same thing as Gov. Butch Otter. They want to get people together and talk.
But when we asked about an alternative plan to what people voted against, we didn't really get an answer.
"What we are doing, because it's so important, is that we are bringing the people to the table that will look at what's best for students that do have the experience," said Maria Greeley.
For nearly two years, a group of parents, teachers and citizens fought against the laws.
Now, a day after Idahoans voted them down, many are wondering - what now?
"We don't have a specific plan in the sense that we believe any one of us knows all the answers, but all of us collectively, working collectively, working together, and in a committed way, not with any particular agenda, but coming together, can come up with those plans," said Mike Lanza.
What they are doing now is reaching out to more parents, more educators, community leaders, business leaders, elected officials, and Luna to approach education reform again. This time, in their words, “the right way.”
"Everyone agrees that we want to better our schools. We disagree with the process that was followed," said Lanza.
Penny Cyr, President of the Idaho Education Association, did offer one alternative to merit pay.
"I think the first thing we need to do is make sure that all teachers are paid a professional wage, and that you don't reduce wages in order to pay bonuses," said Cyr.
The campaign against the propositions has no intention to bring a plan forward, rather the plan is to get people together to talk.
"I think there are a lot of aspects that need to be looked at, but I think again, that's bringing everyone to the table and discussing where there needs to be compromise," said Greeley.
"I don't see why it can't be done. Again, if this is really about making our schools better, and everybody wants to participate, there is no reason our elected officials should reject our efforts," said Lanza.
As for a time table, this campaign doesn't have anything specific outside of sooner rather than later.
Lanza says he is going to reach out to Luna in the near future to start talks to bring people from both sides together.
Idahoans are pretty divided on this issue.
Now that the propositions have been voted down, there are questions about what happens to money and contracts associated with the laws.
Because Prop 3 failed, the contract with Hewlett-Packard goes away. The state has no penalty.
As for Prop 2 and merit pay, the first payment is scheduled to happen later this month. At this point it's unclear if or how that money will get to teachers who earned the bonus.