BOISE-- Hundreds of students across the state organized a walk-out in protest of Superintendent Tom Luna's plan to overhaul education.
Word about the protest spread quickly among students thanks to social networking and text messages.
There were protests in Nampa, Meridian,Caldwell, American Falls and Pocatello.
In Boise, nearly 250 students skipped school and came to the capitol to protest the reform bills before the legislature.
Some admit they did it to skip class, but others said they oppose the mandates in the proposals and wanted their leaders to hear them out.
What started as a silent protest inside the halls of the capitol Monday morning, escalated into chants in the afternoon.
The students were escorted out by police officers and state troopers and asked to continue their protest outside.
On their way out, though, they made sure legislators heard their pleas.
A majority took issue with the increase in class sizes and the requirement for laptops.
We need our teachers is the way we see it. Also with the online classes we won't have our teachers there and we're supposed to be learning from a computer and you just can't do that, said senior Aaron Fullbright of Skyview High School.
If you're struggling or if you just don't get it. You'll just have to get it or ask someone else because your teacher will probably be busy with 30 to 40 other students before you. said Tyler Mager, a sophomore at Nampa High School.
Some lawmakers felt compelled to speak to the students.
Do your folks proud and your friends and classmates and let's keep things civil, OK? said Representative Brian Cronin.
And when you speak, you need to use your head and your heart. This is not time to trash talk, said Representative Cherie Buckner-Webb .
Representatives Brian Cronin and Cherie Buckner-Webb told the large group the reform bills would come up for discussion Tuesday and they could participate in that forum.
I didn't want them to walk away from this experience thinking that we went in to do what we thought we needed to do, and all they did was herd us out with some police, it was much more than that, said Rep. Buckner-Webb.
These kids are serious I mean they had things written, they had things they told me they were concerned about, they were advocating on their behalf, said Rep. Buckner-Webb.
Monday night, Luna's office said it has no comment on the protests.
Some school districts are still deciding if the students who walked out will face any disciplinary action.
However, Caldwell School district issued nearly 90 students a 3 day after-school detention for being truant.
The House Education Committee will begin taking public testimony on education reform Tuesday morning at 8 a.m.
On the agenda: two of Luna's bills that deal with teacher contracts and a proposal for merit pay.
The third bill, which is the largest, includes online class requirements for high school students. That one is being reworked in the Senate Education Committee, where more discussion is scheduled for 3 p.m. Tuesday.
Idaho Education Association President Sherri Wood said the IEA had no involvement in organizing the protests. She also sent us this statement:
As we've seen for seven weeks now, Idahoans have repeatedly voiced opposition to the Luna plan. The students' actions today show that they've read the Constitution and absorbed its lessons about a government of, by, and for the people.