Education Voters of Idaho, the group that gave at least $200,000 in support of the Students Come First education overhaul, says it has no signs of backing down.
In a guest opinion released today, the group shed no light on the donor (or donors) behind their money. Secretary of State Ben Ysursa has ordered the group to identify its donors; Education Voters of Idaho describes itself as a nonprofit group whose donations are not subject to disclosure.
Here's an excerpt from the guest opinion, authored by former legislator Debbie Field, a longtime ally of GOP Gov. Butch Otter, and John Foster, a former chief of staff to Democratic Rep. Walt Minnick:
"Attacks against us show just how dangerous a powerful group of motivated parents will be to a politicized system in desperate need of improvement and change. Although efforts by the secretary of state, the union and its allies have temporarily chilled our ability to fulfill our mission, we won’t back down. We will no longer allow our organization and the importance of education reform to be tied up in politics and personalities.
"We will again pursue the advocacy and outreach we intended at our founding. Through education, lobbying, accountability for elected officials and public outreach, we will make the case for reform."