BOISE -- With the repeal of Propositions 1, 2, and 3, many people are wondering where the legislature will take education reform in the upcoming session.
Education stakeholders met to talk about the next steps for education reform.
Dr. Heather Williams is the Gooding School District Superintendent. She was meeting with other superintendents, and found they wanted to understand where other education stakeholders reform were coming from--and what those other stakeholders wanted moving forward. Dr. Williams, who is also the chair of the legislative committee for the Idaho Association of School Administrators, helped organize a stakeholder's meeting on November 29.
Some of the stakeholders there were teachers, school board members, the IEA, parents, the State Board of Education, the State Department of Education, representatives from higher education, people from the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, and representatives from Idaho Business for Education.
"There's been a lot of divisive issues over the past couple of years, and I think we all realize that we need to come together and create good public policy, good educational policy, and move Idaho education forward," said Williams.
Dr. Williams said they discuss what they want to see from education policy in the future. She was happy about the willingness of people to meet, and everyone's interest in kindergarten through 12th grade education.
"We have a chance to get things right," said Williams. "We're a relatively small state in terms of population that can make some changes that are reasonable and do it well. So I think based on the stakeholders that were there that day, which the majority of them were, there's a desire to work together to move forward. And granted there are a lot of issues that will have to be overcome, but I think there's a willingness to overcome them."
Those at the stakeholders meeting, facilitated by the Idaho Leads Project, said they want to give legislators possible solutions, not just problems. Williams said they established there needs to be a clear mission for K-12 education to guide education reform.
The group also says they would support Governor Otter in establishing an education task force. There are no plans for another meeting at this point.