BOISE — More than $1.6 million has been spent campaigning for — and against — Idaho’s controversial education reforms in 2012. The laws are scheduled for a voter recall on Election Day November 6, 2012.
At least one political analyst says the laws seem to be overshadowing other races in the upcoming election.
Dr. Jim Weatherby is the former director of the Public Policy Center at Boise State University. Weatherby says the laws are the “major issue” in Idaho. “This is, as far as I’m concerned, the major issue in Idaho,” Weatherby told KTVB. “It dwarfs, on the ballot, all other races.”
That major issue includes propositions 1, 2, and 3 of the s the “Students Come First” education reforms. Weatherby says more than $1.5 million has already been spent on campaigns for and against the propositions.
The largest amount of money raised so far has been by the opposition — with the committee “Vote No on Proposition 1, 2, 3” pulling in more than $1.3 million. More than $1 million of that money came from the National Education Association (NEA), a national teachers union.
“The National Education Association, obviously, is very interested, in terms of what they would view as union-busting measures,” said Weatherby.
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