Tax Credits Bill Reintroduced

Members of the House Revenue and Taxation Committee have printed a bill, introduced by Sen. Bob Nonini (R-CDA), that would incentivize—in the form of tax credits—individuals and corporations to donate money to fund private school scholarships to Idaho children. According to the bills’ sponsors, HB 227 (http://www.legislature.idaho.gov/legislation/2013/H0227.htm), would assure that any Idaho citizen would receive…

Charter Schools Take Center Stage

The topic today in the House Education Committee was charter schools, and based on the committee’s response to the topic, there could be significant changes afoot. First, the committee approved, on a party-line vote, HB 206 (http://www.legislature.idaho.gov/legislation/2013/H0206.htm), the charter school facilities funding bill. The bill, which was developed by a coalition, including school administrators, the…

Bill to Fully Fund Lost Education Movement Gets Nod of Approval

With virtually no discussion or debate, members of the House Education Committee approved a bill that would reinstate the two years of movement on the salary grid. Assuming this bill makes it completely through the process and is signed by the governor, HB 205 (http://www.legislature.idaho.gov/legislation/2013/H0205.htm) would assure school districts would receive the necessary $4 million…