There's a better way to reform Idaho schools, say two leading opponents of the Students Come First education laws.
And the first step, say Mike Lanza and Maria Greeley, is to vote against Propositions 1, 2 and 3.
In a guest opinion, the two Boise parents argue against the laws — and the premise behind their passage in 2011.
Here's an excerpt:
"Beyond the flawed provisions contained in these misguided laws, we must understand how they originated. They were proposed at a time when the Legislature was looking to further reduce expenses for our public schools. Tom Luna claimed that the “economy demands” these laws. In other words, it was a plan to do education on the cheap, further starving a system of public schools that was already on life support. ...
"When the laws went through the Legislature, various Republican lawmakers saw through these schemes, noting the money wasn’t there and that many teachers would lose their jobs as a consequence. Even the Chairman of the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee voted against the laws for these reasons. Proponents haven’t proposed or identified a single source of revenue to pay for the laws, which will cost hundreds of millions of dollars over the next several years."