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Hundreds of Idaho Educators Gather in Boise – IEA’s 120th Birthday

April 20, 2012

BOISE, Idaho - About 400 Idaho Education Association delegates are meeting today and Saturday at the Boise Centre for their annual assembly, which marks the organization's 120th "birthday."

The delegates will hear from a variety of speakers on education issues and will start setting the IEA's goals for the coming year, according to president Penni Cyr.

"They're very passionate about educating our students and their success, and so we can sometimes have some rockin' debates about what our members and delegates think we should do."

Another key feature of the assembly, Cyr says, is fundraising for the IEA Children's Fund, which is nearing $1 million in donations. The money goes to children and their families who are identified by teachers.

"All they need to do is call when they see a student in need. A student that perhaps needs eyeglasses, or clothing, or just anything that will help a student in need."

Delegates also are to honor Maria Greeley, a volunteer leader at Idaho Parents and Teachers Together, which is spearheading a campaign for a referendum on the November ballot which would overturn state education reform laws passed in 2011.

Deb Courson Smith, Public News Service - ID