Propositions 1, 2, 3 - Wading Through Political Messages
Twin Falls, Idaho (KMVT-TV) With the elections just around the corner, we talked with local legislative candidates about some of the items on the November ballot.
Idaho voters have been bombarded with political ads about Propositions 1, 2 and 3 over the last several months.
But, it can be difficult to wade through the political messages.
Here's how each one breaks down...
Proposition 1 approves or rejects legislation limiting negotiated agreements between teachers and local school boards...and ends the practice of issuing renewable contracts.
"If we're going to not allow them that opportunity to speak up and make things better for the schools, then I think that we are really limiting the education experience for kids," said Cindy Shotswell, (D) District 25 House B candidate.
"Proposition 1 gives local control back to the school boards. It has open negotiations and I think that's always good with public money,” said Clark Kauffman, (R) District 25 House B candidate.
Proposition 2 approves or rejects legislation providing teacher performance pay based on state–mandated tests scores, student performance, hard–to–fill positions and leadership.
"It's like trying to put a blanket over the whole state of Idaho and standardize everything,” said Shotswell.
"If it's a good plan then, why isn't it a good plan now?" said Kauffman.
Proposition 3 approves or rejects legislation amending school district funding, requiring provision of computing devices and online course for high school graduation.
"Where does a student go when they're struggling when they're taught from a laptop. I would put the money into teachers and students,” said Shotswell.
"Technology is here. You know, why would you want to go backwards with education,” said Kauffman.
Voters will decide on each of these issues separately on November 6th.
The measures were filed in response to education bills that were signed into law during the 2011 legislative session.