MERIDIAN-- Voters will decide come November 6th if a legislative measure, only in law for 18 months will stay-- or get repealed.
Monday evening at three hundred people gathered at Centennial High School, teachers, parents, and school administration sounded off in an informational forum for the public.
Members from the audience submitted questions, which were asked to a panel of ten.
Everything from what is tenure-- to what happens if one propositions is passed but not another--was asked--hopefully giving voters a better sense of how to vote.
The forum revealed, Idaho’s two largest school districts had opposite views—
Representatives from the Boise School district encouraged voters to vote no to the referendums, while representatives from the Meridian School District said they were undecided.
Proponents said repealing the laws would be detrimental to schools, in part taking money out of budgets already in place. While opponents say the legislature made a mistake by making a one size fits all mandates for all Idaho schools.
However, the questions came from the public, giving them a better sense of both sides.
“This just bottom line is not going to be good for kids certain pieces of it will be but there are way too many pieces that are troublesome,” said Kim Farmer a teacher and a parent.
“I think anytime people can be active participants in the democratic process it’s very important I think it's good for both sides to state their views,” said Megan McDonagh, also a teacher and parent.
“If these laws were kept in place I feel like it would be very detrimental to my learning environment,” said Alaina Flor, a senior attending Centennial High School
Proposition 1--which would limit teacher contract negotiations to only salary and benefits--struck a negative chord with teachers.
Proposition 2--which is the pay for performance law--seemed to be confusing for many people there tonight--wondering how you measure a teacher's success equally.
Proposition 3--the technology law--was popular for proponents because they say it would bring smaller rural schools into the 21rst century.
One thing everyone could agree on Monday evening was the fact that all Idaho schools are dealing with less. Officials at the forum say, more teachers are leaving the business and budgets are ever decreasing.