The rally is set from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. on the Statehouse steps.
The idea sprung from several parents who helped organize a meeting that drew 350 people to Borah High School Wednesday to hear about the Boise School District trustees reasons for opposing the plan authored by Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna. Gov. Butch Otter backs Luna's "Students Come First" proposal.
The new group is called Idaho Parents and Teachers Together, spokesman Mike Lanza said Thursday.
"All across Idaho, parents are learning details," said Lanza, who has two children at Longfellow Elementary School in Boise. "This is very much a citizen movement. Our hope is to increase public awareness."
Lanza said parents are concerned about larger class sizes, cutting teachers' jobs, expanding state control over local districts and new mandates for laptops and online coursework.
Luna unveiled his reform ideas Jan. 12, which were not part of his 2010 re-election campaign.
City Club of Boise announced Thursday afternoon that Luna will appear at a Feb. 18 forum titled, "Education Reform—Stretching Dollars in Tough Times."
He proposes saving money by increasing class sizes, eliminating about 1,000 jobs of teachers and other professionals and mandating online education in high school. Luna would shift funds to buy laptops for all high school students and a pay-for-performance plan for teachers. He also seeks to end continuing contracts for new teachers, commonly called tenure.
"Our great fear is it will move too quickly through the Legislature without serious consideration of the consequences of a major overhaul of public education," Lanza said.
The Senate Education Committee was expected to print Luna's two bills Thursday afternoon and has scheduled hearings at 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday of next week.
The rally is scheduled to follow the first day's hearing, which will feature Luna presenting his bills.
For information, e-mail Lanza at email@example.com