With the three "Students Come First" public school overhaul laws on the November ballot, a group has formed to campaign to keep the laws on the books.
"YES! For Idaho Education" filed its paperwork with Secretary of State Ben Ysursa Wednesday. Headed by State Board of Education member Milford Terrell and Idaho Falls school board member Wendy Horman, the group will seek to convince Idahoans to ratify the laws.
Critics successfully qualified to place the 2011 education laws on the November ballot. A "yes" vote on the referenda is a vote to retain laws that would revamp the teacher collective bargaining process; establish a school merit pay system; and fund mobile devices for teachers and high school students, while creating an online course requirement for high school graduates.
Here's the news release about the pro-Students Come First group:
The campaign committee to fight repeal of the Students Come First education reform laws officially filed paperwork with Idaho Secretary of State Ben Ysursa yesterday.
The committee, named “YES! For Idaho Education” and spearheaded by Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter, lists as co-chairs Boise Businessman and State Board of Education member Milford Terrell, and Idaho Falls School Board member Wendy Horman. State Representative Mack Shirley of Rexburg has been appointed campaign treasurer.
Governor Otter and Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna will unveil more detail regarding the committee membership and structure in the coming days.
Additional biographical information on YES! For Idaho Education committee officers:
Co-Chairman Milford Terrell is a long-time Boise businessman and community leader. He serves on the seven-member State Board of Education, originally appointed by Governor Dirk Kempthorne in 2003, and recently re-appointed to his third term by Governor Otter. Milford has been actively involved in statewide politics having served on the campaign committees of Kempthorne, Otter, US Senator Larry Craig, US Senator Jim Risch, and Superintendent Tom Luna among others.
Co-Chairman Wendy Horman, of Ammon, is a member of the Bonneville School District No. 93 Board of Trustees (Idaho Falls) since 2002. She is a past President of the Idaho School Boards Association (2006-2007) and has served as Chairman of the Idaho School Boards Association Foundation Board since 2008. Mrs. Horman served as a member of the Students Come First Technology Task Force, and in May won the Republican nomination to the open Legislative District 30 House Seat B. Horman will be completing her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Brigham Young University-Idaho in December. She is the mother of five children, all of whom attended or are attending Idaho public schools.
Treasurer Mack Shirley, of Rexburg, is retiring from the Idaho House of Representatives this year after ten years representing District 34. The last six years he has served as Vice-Chairman of the House Education Committee where he has established a reputation as a very thoughtful, knowledgeable member of the Legislature on education policy issues. A lifelong educator, Representative Shirley holds a Ph. D in educational and Higher Education Administration. Through his career, he has been a public school classroom teacher and administrator and a Teacher Education Instructor at Ricks College and Brigham Young University.