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Idaho voters strike down education reform

By Anusha Roy, KXLY4 Reporter, anushar@kxly.com
Published On: Nov 07 2012 09:07:55 PM CST
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COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -

Voters are saying no to the Students Come First laws in Idaho, which cover everything from contract negotiations to students getting laptops.

Idaho voters were asked to either support the laws or strike them down.

Proposition One, which deals largely with contract negotiations, is failing by 57-percent. 58-percent of voters are rejecting Proposition Two, which focuses on pay for performance. 67-percent said they do not support Proposition Three, bringing the classroom into the 21st century.

State Senator John Goedde (R - District 4), who was re-elected Tuesday night, said his focus is still on education reform. He helped pass the same laws that voters are striking down.

"I invested a lot of time and energy in those reforms and I was deeply disappointed. Obviously the message didn't get out to the voters as it should have. I still believe in what we did," Goedde said.

Sen. Goedde added he will be talking to the attorney general because there are several issues that have to be sorted out.

For example, teachers are set to receive a bonus under the Students Come First laws, labeled Prop 2 on the ballot. That money is supposed to be distributed on November 15 but the law wouldn't be repealed until Nov. 21. The question is what happens if the teachers are paid afterward.

Also, in some school districts, contracts that were drawn up under Prop One will have to be re-visited.

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