Otter's education task force meets for five hours today, budget pressure looming

Gov. Butch Otter's 33-member Task Force for Improving Education will meet from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today.

On Thursday, Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna joined Otter in calling for $34 million left over after repeal of their Students Come First K-12 reform plan to be apportioned as recommended by the task force.

Luna presented his budget Thursday to the the Legislature's Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee, including the $34 million, but not specifying how it might be used.

It's not clear whether the task force has the inclination or the time to make such recommendations in time for the Legislature to act upon them before adjournment, likely in late March or early April.

The meeting is at the Yanke Family Research Park, Room 207, 220 E. Parkcenter Blvd. in Boise.

Live-streaming of the meeting on the Web is available here.