BOISE — Gov. Butch Otter did not rule out any comeback this Legislative session for elements of the education overhaul laws that lost at the ballot box in November. But he did imply the education reform propositions lost in the November election because of a perception of a lack of consensus building regarding the laws.

Otter made his remarks Friday in Boise at the Associated Press legislative preview function.

“It's pretty hard to establish consensus if you're only talking to yourself or a couple of other people on public policy,” Otter said.

But the governor stressed that that was more perception than reality. He said he didn't mean to suggest that the controversial Students Come First laws grew from a small number of officials' ideas.

Otter wants to form a group that would come up with alternative reforms to the Students Come First laws and present them to the Legislature in 2014. But he said he would be open to any suggestions of public school reform this year.

“I'm not going to prejudge any legislator that wants to bring anything in that has to do with education,” Otter said.


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