The Joint Finance and Appropriations Committee (JFAC) took up and passed the FY 17 public schools budget on Monday, despite the fact that multiple education bills have yet to make their way through the legislature.
The House Education Committee approved SB 1248, which would allow public charter schools to use contracts for teachers other than the standard teacher contract approved by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction.
For starters, “What’s the rush?” There doesn’t seem to be a viable reason to set the education budget before all of the pertinent legislation is in place.
The Joint Finance and Appropriations Committee (JFAC) will get down to the nitty-gritty of its business of setting the FY 17 public school budget next week.
Dr. Don Coberly, Superintendent of the Boise School District, was harshly critical of the “Don’t Fail Idaho” advertising campaign in a communication sent to teachers and other district personnel. He also called into question the motives of the organization behind the campaign, the J.A. & Kathryn Albertson Foundation.
SB 1248, which would allow public charter schools to bypass the standard teacher contract approved by the Superintendent of Public Instruction and issue whatever contracts they desire, passed the Idaho Senate by a 22-13 vote