Tough Test for Education Reforms
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A new poll of statewide voters shows Idaho’s new education laws are facing a tough test at the ballot box next month. The Idaho Statesman poll released Sunday shows there is even lukewarm support for the three public school propositions among Republicans. The newspaper reports that opponents outnumber supporters for Proposition 1 and Proposition 3. Proposition 1 relates to a new law limiting teacher collective bargaining rights, while Proposition 3 mandates that high school students take online courses. The poll shows voters are leaning in favor of Proposition 2 — the law establishing merit pay for teachers. The newspaper hired Mason-Dixon Polling & Research to survey voter sentiment on the propositions and other issues. The poll was conducted last week and is based on interviews of 625 likely voters.