IEA to Lawmakers: We Are Representing Our Constituents. In an effort to clarify the IEA’s positions on the individual pieces of education legislation that are now making their way through the committee process, we presented the following remarks to members of the House Education Committee this morning.
Members of the House Education Committee met for several hours this morning to take public testimony on two of the bills sponsored by the school boards association. These two bills are a part of the package of measures the stakeholders have been discussing since early in the session.
According to the schedule, the Joint Finance and Appropriations Committee (JFAC) is on track to complete the budget setting process tomorrow. This is usually a sign that the session is nearing an end; once the money is allocated and budgets are set, lawmakers are much less likely to introduce or support a new idea that costs additional money.
At the end of a third day of public testimony and on a party line vote, the Senate State Affairs Committee sent SB 1108, the bill to make it tougher to qualify initiatives or referendum measures for the Idaho ballot, to the floor with a “do pass” recommendation.
House Approves Charter School Facilities Bill The House of Representatives extended their morning session and worked well into the time they typically break for lunch to determine the fate of HB 206 (http://www.legislature.idaho.gov/legislation/2013/H0206.htm). HB 206 is the legislation that will provide facilities money for charter schools. Following lengthy debate, the bill passed 42-27. This bill…
Members of the Joint Finance and Appropriations Committee approved legislation that will provide about $31.3 million more to public schools next year, representing 2.2% increase in general funds and an overall 2% increase in funding over the current year.