The Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee met Friday morning to make one final decision on intent language for the public school budget (intent language outlines how funding must be spent and has the force of law).
… bill that would, over the next few years, increase the weight of student test scores and parental and student input while decreasing the weight of professional practice in teacher evaluations.
committee members delayed a decision on the state’s Wi-Fi system after Sen. Dean Mortimer (R-Idaho Falls) requested a one day delay to allow time for further research when questions were raised about the wireless technology infrastructure standards school districts would be required to meet or exceed before accessing the funds.
claim that it will lessen the financial burden on public education by encouraging students to switch to private schools. Opponents have serious concerns about the constitutionality of the measure.
provides for leadership premium payments to public school educators who serve in a leadership capacity. JFAC included $16 million in the FY 15 public schools budget earlier this week to fund these teacher pay bonuses next year.
The House Education Committee passed a bill that would allow schools to use tax money from cigarette sales for student safety efforts and suicide prevention.