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State superintendents’ primary is going to get busy

Are you still trying to get a read on the Republican candidates for state schools superintendent?

You’ll have plenty of chances to hear them for yourselves, and get answers to your questions. Here’s the itinerary:

April 30. Three of the four Republican candidates will square off in an hour-long debate. The KIVI-TV (Today’s 6) debate will begin at 6 p.m. and air live on KIVI in the Treasure Valley, and KSAW in the Magic and Wood River valleys.

KNIN (Fox 9 in the Treasure Valley) will rebroadcast the debate at 4:30 p.m. on May 3.

I’ll be on the reporter panel for this debate, along with Michelle Edmonds and Don Nelson of KIVI and KNIN and Bill Roberts of the Idaho Statesman. We’re looking for questions from viewers, before and during the debate. Submit them to the Idaho On Your Side Facebook page, or send them over Twitter using the #IDOYS hashtag.

Andy Grover of Melba, Randy Jensen of American Falls and Sherri Ybarra of Mountain Home are expected at this debate; John Eynon of Cottonwood says he will not attend, citing a conflict with his teaching responsibilities.

May 5. The Republican candidates have been invited to a City Club of Boise forum.

This forum will be held from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at the Grove Hotel. Click here for more information and online registration. The registration deadline is noon on May 1.

Boise State University professor emeritus Jim Weatherby will moderate the forum, and field written questions from the audience.

The May 5 forum is one of a series of political forums planned this year by the City Club. For example, the club will invite Democratic state superintendent’s candidate Jana Jones and the GOP nominee to participate in a followup forum this fall.

(Full disclosure: I am a City Club board member, and I am organizing the May 5 forum on the club’s behalf.)

May 8. The Republican superintendent’s candidates will square off in a debate televised statewide on Idaho Public Television.

The debate will air live at 8 p.m. Mountain time, and will also broadcast at 8 p.m. Pacific time.

Idaho Public Television has an ambitious debate season coming up; nine debates will air between May 1 and May 14. (Here’s the full schedule.)

Idaho Education News’ Clark Corbin will be one of the panelists on this superintendent’s debate.

Read more: We will have full coverage, online and on Twitter, of all three of these events. And click here for our archive on the superintendent’s race so far.

Kevin Richert is a reporter and blogger at Idaho Education News (idahoednews.org). Kevin is a former Statesman editorial page editor, with 27 year's experience in Idaho journalism.

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