After education laws repealed, what's next?

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) -- With venerable Boise High School as the backdrop, supporters of the move to repeal State Schools Superintendent Tom Luna's "Students Come First" education overhaul hel;d a victory press conference after voters Tuesday said no to the three-part law.

But Mike Lanza, chairman of "Vote No On Propositions 1,2 and 3" said Wednesday the group also wants to reach out as the next step in public education is taken.

"We want to bring everybody who cares about the future of the state and public education to the table to talk about what the challenges are in our schools, and what the solutions are, the fixes," Lanza told KBOI 2News. "We don't know what those are yet, but that's how you reach consensus."

Gov. Butch Otter said, "That's exactly what I want to do."

Gov. Otter, one of the strongest supporters of Superintendent Luna's education plan, is on board with the idea of renewed co-operation.

"I'm not going to spend any energy saying what if we had done this or what if we had done that," the governor told reporters Wednesday. "What I am going to say is: what is the path forward?"

But keep in mind the Idaho Legislature is not bound by the outcome of the referendum. This session, lawmakers can really do whatever they wish.

They can create new laws on education reform, or simply pass the laws that were rejected one more time.

So the question remains whether or not both sides can set aside their differences after a long, bitter campaign and agree on the next step.