BOISE -- Idaho's house and senate education committees are holding a listening hearing at the Idaho Statehouse beginning at 8 a.m. Friday.

It's an opportunity for the public to express their thoughts and ideas on how to improve Idaho's public schools.

The hearing will begin at 8 a.m. in the basement auditorium of the Statehouse.

Political experts expect the hearing to be heavily attended, given that education is such a contentious issue in Idaho.

Just three months ago voters in Idaho overturned the 2011 Students Come First Education Reform laws.

Part of the complaint from those against the reform laws was that not enough stakeholders were involved in crafting the laws, and some felt like their ideas weren't considered. However, this morning legislators say everyone has an opportunity to share their thoughts on improving education.

Those in the public who want to speak before the House and Senate Education Committees will have three minutes to do so. The meeting will run from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Senate Education Committee Chairman John Goedde says he hopes this listening hearing will work in conjunction with Governor Otter's task force, which has already been meeting.

That task force, made up of teachers, lawmakers, school administrators, and members of the teachers union, is also sharing ideas and conversations about education.

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