The 2-hour forum begins at 6:30 p.m. regarding the Nov. 6 vote on whether to retain three 2011 laws authored by Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna.
Luna Deputy Chief of Staff Jason Hancock and YES for Idaho Education campaign manager Ken Burgess will speak on behalf of the laws. Centennial government teacher Cindy Wilson and Mike Lanza, chairman of Vote No on Propositions 1, 2 & 3, will oppose the laws. Representatives of the Boise and Meridian school districts will discuss implementation.
Boise State's Jim Weatherby will moderate the free event, which is sponsored by the League of Women Voters Idaho, American Association of University Women and Transform Idaho.
A news release from the sponsors follows:
Dr. Jim Weatherby to moderate forum on Students Come First (Luna) laws
Should the Students Come First laws stay or go? What will the November 6 referendum vote mean to the future of education in Idaho?
Boise, ID – 10/1/12
Three referendums to approve or reject the Students Come First laws are on the November ballot. The League of Women Voters Idaho, Transform Idaho and the AAUW are sponsoring an educational panel discussion on Monday, October 15, at Centennial high school (Cloverdale & McMillan Rds in Boise). The public forum will be held from 6:30 – 8:30P.M. The objective is to clarify the referendums and the impact of the resulting vote on Idaho's educational system.
The panel will include Ken Burgess, partner at Veritas Advisors, a political consulting firm, and Campaign Manager of the Yes4Idaho campaign and Jason Hancock, Deputy Chief of Staff, State Superintendent's Office, ID Dept. of Education representing the “Yes” vote to keep the laws in place.
Mike Lanza, Chair, Vote No on Propositions 1,2,&3 and Co-founder for Idaho Parents and Teachers Together and Cindy Wilson, Government Teacher, Centennial High School will represent the “No” vote to repeal the laws.
Current perspective on how the laws are working in the Boise and Meridian school districts will be provided by Don Coberly, Superintendent, Boise School District; A.J. Balukoff, President of the Board of Trustees for the Boise School District; Eric Exline, Meridian School District Community Relations Director and Anne Ritter, Vice Chairman, Joint School District No. 2, Board of Trustees.
Dr. Jim Weatherby, Emeritus Professor and Political Advisor, will moderate the discussion and present questions from the audience. The forum is free and the public is encouraged to arrive by 6:15P.M.
* League of Women Voters of Idaho is a grassroots, nonpartisan organization that encourages informed and active participation in government in order to build better communities statewide.
* AAUW is the nation's leading advocate for educational equity for women and girls.
* Transform Idaho, Advocate, Educate and Support Idaho voters on issues that matter
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