Chat about ed reform with Gov. Otter, and ed task force members

Idaho is on the verge of what could be its most significant education reform in a decade and here’s your chance to ask questions about it.

Gov. Butch Otter and some members of his task force on improving education will answer your questions about education reform during a live online chat beginning at 11 a.m., Dec. 5 at idahostatesman.com.

All you have to do is visit our website to be a part of the conversation and ask questions.

Otter will take questions 11 to 11:30 a.m.

Task force members who will join us are Rep. Reed DeMordaunt, R-Eagle, House Education Committee chairman; Linda Clark, Meridian School District superintendent; and Mike Lanza, a Boise parent.

Otter called for creating a task force to look at improving education following voter defeat in 2012 of Students Come First, three proposals backed by Otter and Tom Luna, state superintendent of public instruction

Following eight months of work, the task force called for restoring $82 million in revenue schools lost during the recession. It also recommended launching a career ladder that would couple teacher pay increases with greater accountability, at an estimated cost of $250 million.

Other recommendations would require students to master one subject before moving on to the next and give more autonomy to school districts to run their operations.

Otter is expected to address the task force’s work in his state of the state address when the Legislature convenes in January.

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