Ed Committee Passes Kindergarten-IDLA Funding Bills

It was a slow day for K-12 education today. The House Education Committee did not meet this morning. Senate Ed Committee members passed the following bills with little debate this afternoon. SB 1057 (http://www.legislature.idaho.gov/legislation/2013/S1057.htm), sponsored by Sen. Steven Thayn (R-Emmett), would allow kindergarten teachers to visit the parents or guardians of their students during the…

Senate Panel Approves to Repeal ERIP

On a strict party line vote, members of the Senate Education Committee have approved moving SB 1089 (http://www.legislature.idaho.gov/legislation/2013/S1089.htm) to the floor with a “do pass” recommendation. The IEA opposes the measure which would repeal the Early Retirement Incentive Program (ERIP) for teachers, a program which has been in place since 1996 and, based on calculations…

Summary of Prop 1 Replacement Bills

This legislative session is gearing up to look a lot like 2011. You might remember that year…Superintendent Tom Luna brought forward three pieces of legislation touted as “education reform.” Ignoring public outcry, the legislation was signed into law. In November of this past year, more than 370,000 Idahoans soundly rejected each of those laws. Now,…

Electronic Delivery of Contracts – Necessary or busy work?

The IEA testified on two bills in the House Education Committee meeting this morning.  H163 (http://www.legislature.idaho.gov/legislation/2013/H0163.htm) will allow districts to deliver individual contracts to teachers via email.  In the event the teacher does not respond to the email within a specific time period, the district would be required to follow up via certified mail. HB…

Labor Bills: What Do They Say?

Over the past few weeks, we have reported on the bills printed in the House and Senate Education Committees, progress made during several closed-door meetings with representatives of the administrators and school board associations, and the eventual rewriting and reprinting of bills. Today, we attempt to summarize the bills that legislators will be debating over…