Week 11 in review

It’s almost certain that this will be our last weekly update of the 2012 Idaho Legislature. All signs point to an adjournment by the middle of next week. In the meantime, lawmakers busied themselves today clearing bills from their still-packed …

Senate prints ed funding bill

Late Wednesday afternoon, the Senate printed S1410, the FY 13 public school appropriations bill . This measure, passed several weeks ago by the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee (JFAC), provides an additional 4.6 percent more state money to scho…

Spring housekeeping

It was a day of education housekeeping at the Idaho Legislature as tweaks to the 2011 education reform laws continue to trickle through the system.

In the House Education Committee, members voted to advance a new version of yesterday’s H671, …

Teachers vs tax cuts

In a story that moved yesterday, John Miller of the Associated Press aptly described the waning days of the 2012 Idaho Legislature as a debate between teacher pay and tax cuts. He wrote:

Weeks ago, senators voted 32-0 to reverse teacher salary fund…

Week 10 in review

The 2012 Idaho Legislature is in its final weeks, although it now appears the March 23 Sine Die date a week from today was a tad optimistic. Those in the know now say the session will end sometime during the week of March 26.

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