Charter Facilities Bill and ERIP Both Pass Legislative Hurdles

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…

Tax Credits Bill Reintroduced

Members of the House Revenue and Taxation Committee have printed a bill, introduced by Sen. Bob Nonini (R-CDA), that would incentivize—in the form of tax credits—individuals and corporations to donate money to fund private school scholarships to Idaho children. According to the bills’ sponsors, HB 227 (http://www.legislature.idaho.gov/legislation/2013/H0227.htm), would assure that any Idaho citizen would receive…

Charter Schools Take Center Stage

The topic today in the House Education Committee was charter schools, and based on the committee’s response to the topic, there could be significant changes afoot. First, the committee approved, on a party-line vote, HB 206 (http://www.legislature.idaho.gov/legislation/2013/H0206.htm), the charter school facilities funding bill. The bill, which was developed by a coalition, including school administrators, the…