With no debate, the House Education Committee swiftly approved HB 452 on Monday morning. This legislation, sponsored by the State Board of Education and supported by the IEA, removes the limit of the number of accumulated sick leave days an individual may take from one state agency, including school districts, to another.
Today marks the end of the fifth full week of the 2016 legislative session, and a busy week it was.
The bill seeks to amend Idaho’s constitution to ease the current restrictions on the use of public funds for private and religious schools. The IEA and other education stakeholders are staunchly opposed to HJR1 and the precedent that it would set.
The House State Affairs Committee called off Thursday’s scheduled hearing on House Joint Resolution 1, which would open the door for public funds to be used for private and parochial schools.
This highly questionable bill, which would allow for public funds to be funneled to private and religious schools, is scheduled for a hearing Thursday morning at 8:30 in the House State Affairs Committee.
The House Education Committee took another step toward establishing a committee to investigate restructuring Idaho’s funding formula for public education.