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Tales from the road: The K-12 task force hearings

Gov. Butch Otter’s education reform task force road show hit Twin Falls Thursday night — and the turnout was sparse.

Between 40 to 50 people attended. About 10 spoke. And only two of the task force’s 31 members were on hand to hear the testimony: Richard Westerberg of the State Board of Education, and Roger Brown from Otter’s staff.

The light turnout left Jerome School Board member Don Mitchell disappointed.

Mitchell remembers the 2011 legislative session — when many Idahoans felt left out of the process of education reform, and cut out of the creation of the Students Come First laws.

Twin Falls forum

On Thursday night, Mitchell looked at a largely empty middle school auditorium, and wondered why so few people showed up when they were given the opportunity to discuss education reform.

“Maybe people are more comfortable (commenting) online,” he said afterwards. “Me, I like to get up and holler.”

Yes, you can still comment online, at taskforce@osbe.idaho.gov. The task force will consider the comments at its next meeting, in early May.

Here’s my Idaho Education News writeup from the Twin Falls forum, and my story from Wednesday’s forum in Nampa.

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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